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The perfect gift from the world's best-loved, best-selling gardening writer: a gardening book to be read at leisure, which will never tell you you have to go outside, and which will not only make you a better gardener but will open your eyes to the magic of gardening.

There are times when we simply wish to read about our hobby and not be badgered by advice. If you enjoy reading about plants whether or not you can grow them, or enjoy discovering gardens you may never visit and could never hope to match, or are keen to learn how people gardened in the past and what they have contributed to our gardens today, then this is the book for you. It includes sections on the great gardeners in history; extraordinary and surprising plants; remarkable gardens around the world; key gardening moments in history; the wildlife in our gardens; things for the plant lover to do indoors, and other 'this and that' trivia, statistics and fascinating things you never knew, all illustrated with charming line drawings.
The perfect gift and as the title says, the perfect bedside read for a nation of gardeners.


An ideal gift for anyone in love with their garden - or good books

The Oldie

The ideal companion for all who love gardens

Waterstone's Books Quarterly

Sure to be one of the most entertaining of this year's horticultural stocking fillers.

Kathryn Bradley-Hole, Country Life

This beautiful book, full of history, trivia and things to do indoors, makes a great gift.

Veronica Leek, The Bookseller

A new soon-to-be-classic that's perfect for winter evenings . . . A fascinatingly quirky and delightful take on all things green-fingered . . . It will keep you feeling inspired and entertained, even when it's too grisly outside to venture to the greenhouse.

Sunday Telegraph

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    336 pages

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