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Encyclopedia of Gardening
Hardcover - 760 pages ( 5th September 2007)
A comprehensive guide
to most things that you could ever want to do in the garden. Stacks
of information, usefully and plentifully illustrated. Well set out in
logical sections. A wonderfully comprehensive reference guide for
the beginner and expert alike. If you only buy one gardening book it
has to be this one.
A-Z garden plants
Hardcover - 1080 pages (2 October 2003)
I don't really think that there is
any alternative for the plant enthusiast than this mighty tome.
It's the big brother of the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
below. It's certainly not for everyone as it's set out alphabetically
according to the Latin names of plants and treats all plants equally,
be they sold by the million or only obtainable with great difficulty
as they're so hard to grow. If you are serious about gardening
though, buy it now. In a few years time when you get it, you'll
have spent more money on other books in the meantime that will then
New Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
Hardcover - 744 pages (23 February, 2006)
A very useful descriptive guide to thousands
of garden plants, lavishly illustrated. Set out into trees / shrubs
/ perennials etc. and sub-divided into colours and seasons of interest.
An excellent buy for most people. A good book for the
amateur enthusiast, and better value than buying several smaller volumes
each on a different theme.
Titchmarsh, the Gardener's Year - Alan Titchmarsh
Hardcover 312 pages (November 24, 2005)
Best-selling author Alan Titchmarsh brings us the definitive
guide to gardening throughout the year. This ideal gardening companion
will be released to coincide with a BBC2 6 x 30 television series to
be broadcast in early 2006. "The Gardener's Year" is not about
quick fixes, design makeovers or hard drudge, but simply about knowing
what you should be doing in your garden, when, and why. Month by month
Alan gives us the low-down on how to keep your garden looking its best.
In-depth and packed full of useful tips, it includes advice on everything
from what seeds you can plant out in your vegetable plot in May, to
how to keep your hanging baskets looking stunning in September. Alan's
most recent gardening books "How to be a Gardener 1 & 2"
were the fastest selling gardening books ever with sales of over 1 million
copies to date.
Complete How to Be a Gardener - Alan Titchmarsh
Paperback 576 pages (January 6, 2005)
you're a complete beginner or a keen gardener, there are always times
when it would help to have a reliable expert at your side. In this "Complete
How to be a Gardener", Alan Titchmarsh draws on his extensive knowledge
and experience to give you a comprehensive guide to becoming a successful
gardener. Alan starts with the fundamentals, covering the absolute essentials
that every gardener needs to know, including information on how plants
work and what they need to survive, as well as advice on where to begin
if you're a first-time gardener. Each chapter includes practical advice
and step-by-step techniques and projects, as well as a host of Alan's
favourite plants to help you in your selection. With its perfect balance
of down-to-earth information and inspirational ideas, this complete
paperback edition of "How to be a Gardener" gets to the very
heart of gardening and provides a comprehensive reference manual for
any garden owner. "How to be a Gardener 1" was the fastest
selling gardening book ever and, between them, books 1 and 2 have sold
over 1 million copies.
Your Garden Diarmuid Gavin
Hardcover 192 pages (May 6, 2004)
most innovative garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin, shares advice, inspiration
and ideas on how to design your garden. Diarmuid's ten, easy-to-follow,
practical steps cover everything from the basics of good design, to
assessing your plot and using plants for style and affect. This practical
guide will give you the confidence to create and express your own unique
style, whatever your garden space.
Kitchen Garden: A Beginners' Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables
- Gay Search, Delia Smith
Hardcover 168 pages (September 23, 2004)
Delia Smith has always been most concerned
with the quality and flavour of the ingredients she uses, and nothing
comes fresher than fruit and vegetables from your own garden. Last year,
the opportunity came for her to work with her longstanding friend, garden
expert Gay Search, to create her own kitchen garden for the first time.
This guide, written by Gay with 50 recipes from Delia, is for Delia
and others like her who are interested in good food and want to try
their hand at growing their own. It follows a year in the life of her
kitchen garden, with a chapter devoted to each month, containing detailed
advice on sowing and planting, fruit and vegetable varieties and how
to harvest. With failsafe recipes by Delia that use the produce at its
peak, this book is expected to do for kitchen gardening what How to
Cook did for culinary teaching. Suitable for first-time horticulturists
and cooks of all levels, the book is lavishly designed and has over
250 colour photographs.
of Horticulture - C.R. Adams, M. P. Early
Paperback 240 pages (May 12, 2004)
Principles of Horticulture is an excellent
introduction to a wide range of aspects of commercial and leisure horticulture.
Written in a highly accessible and readable style, this book has already
proved invaluable to a broad selection of readers, particularly students
on horticulture courses and keen amateur gardeners. It also provides
a handy basic reference for professionals.
20 Best Small Gardens - Tim Newbury
Paperback - 96 pages new
edition (30 September, 1999)
Now that space is demanding
even more of a premium many people find themselves with a smaller plot
of land than they would like, but there is no reason why this cannot
be successful and appealing. 20 Best Small Gardens is a book
devoted to making the best possible use of a limited area. As the title
suggests, the book looks at every conceivable kind of small garden from
Roof Garden to Courtyard and offers advice on how to make every inch
count. Tim Newbury looks at each garden in turn addressing design, planting
and features. For example the Sloping Garden that seems problematically
long and narrow, so Newbury suggests that the garden be divided into
three separate, equal areas. If you plan a patio by the house, a circular
lawn, and fruit and vegetable plot at the bottom end of the garden,
the space is used to maximum effect.
The book covers a wide variety of small
gardens and will offer ideas for all tastes. The Water Garden, for example
will "create a mood of tranquility and peace" and Newbury
offers aquatic plant types to complement the garden's split-level
pools. In contrast the Foliage Garden is a full of flamboyant plants,
perfect for disguising oddly proportioned areas. Newbury includes a
list of plants and illustrated planting plan, with variations to suit
different shaped gardens.
This book has something for everyone.
It ranges across formal, modern, and beginners' gardens and the
style is accessible and easy to follow. The index of plants allows favourites
to be included and the illustrations are instructive. It is not a glossy
coffee table book, rather a really useful guide to best utilise a small
Includes illustrated designs and plant
lists for creating different types of small gardens, including gravel,
scented, low-maintenance, and year-round gardens.
Complete Guide to Building Decks - Bryan Trandem (Editor)
Paperback - 304 pages 2nd Ed (26 April, 2001)
A source of tips, techniques and instructions
on building decks. This second edition of the book opens with a revised
portfolio section to help readers gain ideas, then moves to design and
planning information. Next there are comprehensive sections on basic
and deck building techniques, followed by a chapter that shows step-by-step
procedures for building seven popular deck designs. As a bonus, the
book includes a chapter on popular deck accessories, and also shows
how to modify a deck design for a truly custom look. In addition to
the basic deck-building methods covered, readers will also learn how
to build multi-level decks, how to build stairways with landings, how
to build curved decks, how to build decks with unusual angles, how to
create overhead screens, and how to add electrical service and lighting
fixtures to a deck.
A great book for the
novice and experienced deck builder.
Garden Planner - Robin Williams
This handbook reveals the secrets of professional
garden design, and then makes them accessible to everyone, from the
keen gardener to the complete beginner. The book contains designs for
gardens of all shapes and sizes, providing practical solutions for varying
sites, circumstances and needs. With colour plans and perspective realizations,
Robin Williams gives readers the ability to see how the designs translate
into three dimensions.
Paperback - 168 pages new edition
of 2nd revised edition (5 March, 1998)
This is the fifth reprint of a book first
published in 1990 which says something in itself. Williams, an award
winning designer of more than 1,200 gardens himself, sets out here to
impart practical advice through the many stages of designing and constructing
a garden. An excellent, highly useful and informative little book, now
in softback format , for the serious gardener. Everyone from lords of
the manor to the owner of a new semi could benefit from this.
for money" "Worth its weight in gold"
Ultimate Garden Designer - Tim Newbury
Paperback - 256 pages new edition (14 September, 2000)
Easy to read and full of ideas. Covering:
cottage gardens, kitchen gardens, gardens for entertaining, family gardens,
gardens for the disabled, the plant enthusiasts' garden, water gardens,
japanese-style gardens, formal gardens, coastal gardens, wildlife gardens,
woodland gardens, front gardens and roof gardens.
Almost all aspects are covered: ideas
for garden features, pools, streams and water features, rock gardens,
pergolas and arches, summerhouses, gazebos etc, patios and paving, steps,
slopes, walls, fences, trellises, screens, beds and borders, herb gardens
pots and containers. All this plus a plant directory.
"This is a must-have"
through the year, Ian Spence
As well as specific monthly tasks for every
part of the garden, there are at-a-glance checklists, expert plant advice
and tips on organization including "Get Ahead" and "Is
it Too Late?" With more than 1000 full-colour photographs of star
plants for each month, step-by-step photographic sequences of garden
projects and illustrated tasks. To help you upgrade your garden or make
maintenance easier, there is a DIY project suggestion for every month,
each of which has been tried and tested to guarantee success. Good gardening
depends on timing - when to plant and when to prune, when to feed and
when to water, when to build and when to maintain.
Plants for places, RHS
paperback (25th July 2001)
Want a grass for a hot
dry area? A wall shrub for a North East facing position? Trees for chalk?
This book will give you a variety of answers for almost all possible
1000 pages of plant info crammed into
a small pocket sized book. It's very handy for referring to when
buying at the garden centre and is well worth the price. Plants are
grouped together by where they should be planted which helps save you
making any costly errors. Take this shopping with you and ignore
the tags in the plant pots which are designed more to get you to
buy the plant than give advice.
The Patio Garden, Hazel Evans
If you don't have
a patio, then you're missing out on half the usefulness of your
garden, this book goes into all the detail you would ever want to cover
and at less than £10 is a necessity when it comes to getting your
outdoor area just right.
pruning and training
Hardcover - 336 pages (2003)
This book is set out into
sections on trees, ornamental shrubs, fruit etc. and then within each
section split into the names of the plants. Once you've got your
garden started, or if you've inherited a fairly mature garden, this
will help you to make the most of it. It will tell you for just
about everything, when is the best time to prune, how to do it and whether
or not (and how) to take drastic renovatory action or dig something
out and start again.
Shade Plants, Stefan Buczacki
Paperback 96 pages, Oct 98
Shade gardens or shady
parts of gardens can be some of the nicest places to be, you can wander
around them almost whatever the weather. The shade is a sanctuary from
the dazzling brightness and heat of summer sun, they are enclosed and
feel "safer" than being out on the sunny plains. Not many
plants enjoy shade though (as opposed to tolerating it - becoming weak
and leggy in the process), so this book answers a substantial need.
Highly recommended, if you have any shady areas in your garden, you'll
find lots of things in here that will do well.
Decks (Black and Decker Home Improvement Library),
Paperback - 128 pages
A good comprehensive guide to deck
building. Like most books on decking this one is written by and
for Americans and so needs a bit of interpretation. If you are planning
a deck at all beyond the basic ground level, square or rectangular,
then this is the book for you. For first time and more ambitious deck
builders, this book will answer all of your questions and give you answers
to questions you didn't know you needed to ask.
Force", Practical Garden Projects
Complete Book of Self-sufficiency
Paperback - 256 pages [New Ed.] (4 January, 1997)
This book calls readers to respect the
land, reap the harvest, waste nothing, stay healthy and live well.
Whether or not you ever
intend to make your own bricks (find out how to if you're interested)
there's plenty here for everyone with any interest in the subject.
A lifestyle book from the days when such things had not been invented
(first published in 1976). If you have an interest the this may just
help to tip your views towards a more radical approach than you thought
you would have.