The beauty of roses has appealed to generations of gardeners and there is hardly a garden without roses for their wide range of colour, growing habits, delicious fragrance and extraordinary beauty has appealed to gardeners for centuries. This popularity has lead to the breeding of thousands of rose varieties so that nowadays the selection available … Continue reading Growing Roses
Tom Stuart-Smith has deservedly earned recognition as one of the great British garden and landscape designers. His reimagining of the box parterre in the walled garden at Broughton Grange where the hedging was organised not in a traditional geometric layout but following the cell pattern of a leaf as viewed under the microscope brought him … Continue reading Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn from the Land – A Review.
The gardening tourist could have no better companion if visiting Somerset than this wonderful book from Abigail Willis with photographs by Clive Boursnell. It will be the perfect guidebook, providing a comprehensive listing of the most desirable locations, each temptingly described and illustrated and in these days of travel restrictions it will also provide hours … Continue reading Secret Gardens of Somerset
Carol Gracie – you may remember her from those two fabulous books of hers, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast and Summer Wildflowers of the Northeast – has just written the perfect book for that impossible-to-satisfy gardening nerd in your life. This is a book which has across the board – I suppose I should say … Continue reading Florapedia
Great Dixter, Then & Now is the title and I suppose “Then, Then and Now” would have been too cumbersome a title for this small volume but it would have reflected the contents more accurately for this is a pictorial tour of the garden illustrated with present-day photographs, others taken by Christopher Lloyd himself and … Continue reading Then and Then and Now!
Here is an exceptionally good book, full or relevant information, practical advice and suggestions to enliven your gardening life. It is an absolutely superb handbook for the enthusiastic gardener. That should be “enough said”; you could stop reading here and go and order it immediately but paper never refused ink nor my keyboard the tapping … Continue reading A Year Full of Flowers…with Sarah Raven.
Pollination: The Enduring Relationship between Plant and Pollinator, Timothy Walker I have a deeply held wish in my aging life that my sense of wonder and fascination at the extraordinary workings of the natural world will never leave me. Nothing makes me feel so young (despite being retired more than a few years!) as that … Continue reading Pollination
New Nordic Gardens, Scandinavian Landscape Design – Annika Zetterman. Gardens “should be designed with dignity, worked on with modesty and maintained with persistence. This is how we think, how we work and this is what we are.” There is an ethos and a feeling in Scandinavian design which is perfectly distinctive and, though often copied … Continue reading New Nordic Gardens – Annika Zetterman.
Daniel J. Hinkley spoke in Dublin around the year 2000, an event organised by the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland at University College Dublin, and I can still recall the anticipation and excitement of attending that talk. He was a leading light in the world of gardening, a plant explorer and collector and the introducer … Continue reading Windcliff, A Story of People, Plants and Gardens by Daniel J. Hinkley
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