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Trees and shrubs hardy in the British Isles

Comment from Steve Hipkin

Still the definitive work on this subject, the source book for may other writers. The downside is its expense - seek out used copies on a volume by volume basis. The information in the older imprints is still pertinent.

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  • Posted: Mon. 21st June 2010 19:04

The Year-Round Garden by Geoff Stebbings

Comment from Nikki Griffith

This book is divided into seasons and then sub-divided into herbaceous, shrubs & trees, bedding, climbers and finally bulba and has wonderful photos as well as companion plants in various seasons - a most helpful book and one I refer to time and time again.

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  • Posted: Mon. 21st June 2010 07:36

Principles of Horticulture, Fifth Edition

Comment from Ena Ronayne

Excellent reference book, we referred to it all through college when I was a student and now in turn this newer edition is on my students reading list. Covers soil science and plant science in depth. Not a coffee table book by any means.

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 14:51

The Essential Garden Maintenance

Comment from Ena Ronayne

Every horticulturist should have this on their shelves, I wouldn't be without it

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 14:49

The Oxford Book of Health Foods

Comment from Ena Ronayne

I borrowed this book recently from my local library purely for research purposes as each plant mentioned is shown with full botanical illustration which I in turn wanted to show my students.

Its amazing how many natural remedies there are. I love the idea of natural healing by dietary means and so far I have to say I would definitely recommend this book.

It was written by JG Vaughan (1926 - 2005) who was a botanist and a food scientist, and a professor at King's College London.

I think this book will most definitely be on my wish list.

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 14:40

Books by Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix

Comment from Ena Ronayne

I have one or two from their series. All are excellent books. I would highly recommend Roses and Trees & Shrubs especially if you are just starting out in horticulture.

http:// http://www.rogersmushrooms.com
http:// http://http://thegardendesignco.blogspot.com/2008/06/rogers-mushrooms-mushroom-pictures.html

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 14:32

The Tulip Lady

General post from Ena Ronayne

In March 2010, Anna Pavord visited New York Botanical Gardens to discuss her new book Bulb. I wrote a small post on my blog in relation to books I've read and have yet to read by Anna, aka The Tulip Lady. You might be interested in having a read yourself?

http:// http://thegardendesignco.blogspot.com/2010/03/tulip-lady-anna-pavord-new-york.html

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Wildside by Keith Wiley

General post from Sheila Rhodes

This is a brilliant book about natural gardening, inspired by the natural landscape. Keith was head gardener at the beautiful Garden House in Devon, and now runs his own nursery with garden open to the public. He writes imaginatively, just as he designs his garden!

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  • Posted: Sat. 19th June 2010 18:52
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"Discovering Welsh Gardens" by Stephen Anderton, Charles Hawes

Comment from Anne Wareham

(Charles was finalist in Book Photographer of the Year, Garden Media Guild Awards 2009)
Fresh, exciting, lively, this is writing about gardens as you've never experienced it before. Gone are the bland descriptions, the clichéd praise, the tedious tour. Instead, opinionated, brave and intelligent pieces raise issues about the gardens concerned and thereby about all gardens of merit, Welsh or not. You don't need to be planning a trip to Wales to find this book about gardens in Wales an essential read.

Of Nant-yr-Eryd

"Wire stock fencing surrounds a convocation of young topiary pieces, set out in a more or less symmetrical fashion. The soil between them is bare but immaculately hoed. It is a school for topiary pieces, fenced in to stop them running off like piglets. It's bizarre, fascinating, and delightfully, ruthlessly masculine, just like the rest of the garden."

Of Plas Newydd:

“There is a freshness and unexpectedness about all of Plas Newydd. The house, when you reach it, has its back to you, eyes on the water. But then, like a sitting hen, it will flap one wing and there to one side is an arboretum; flap the other and there, with all too little relation to the house, are the terraces. Flap a bit harder and you get a rhododendron garden. Each piece of this garden is an island unto itself.”

Of Powis:

“Below these terraces of full-tilt gardening Powis runs into trouble again.. What was once the last three narrow terraces is now a rough grass bank….. It is difficult to mow and it makes a scruffy, inadequate plinth to the grand picture of the castle above it (imagine a Christmas cake sitting in a plate of stew and you get the picture.)

(extracts from "Discovering Welsh Gardens" )

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  • Posted: Sat. 19th June 2010 12:49
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'Dream Gardens of England'.

Comment from Grenville Johnson and Alan Elms.

We are delighted that our small inner - city garden at 28 Kensington Road, Bristol, U.K. is featured in this lavishly illustrated book that has recently been published by Merrell.
It is beautifully written by Barbara Baker, and is packed with stunning photographs by Marcus Harpur & Jerry Harpur.
The book is a superb source and reference for all those interested in the heritage of English gardens, gardening, plants and garden design. One hundred gardens are included with photographs, and each one is accompanied with a detailed description of how it was created together with details of the main features.
A number of the gardens featured are members of the National Gardens Scheme, and they are open to the public to raise money for charity.Our garden is the smallest garden in the scheme, as it measures 20 feet by 18 feet, and it is also the smallest garden that is featured in the book.
In the preface and introduction, the writer starts by quoting a poem written by Vita Sackville - West in 1946, and concludes with our quote that we have included on our garden website:
'We feel that gardens, irrespective of their size, have the capability of raising the spirits and feeding the imagination and soul'.
Further details about our award - winning garden can be found on our website: www.victorianhousegarden.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

We highly recommend this stunning book.
100 Inspirational Gardens.
Dream Gardens of England.
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4511-8
Publisher: Merrell.
Grenville Johnson & Alan Elms.

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  • Posted: Fri. 18th June 2010 08:40