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Get your green fingers on our range of gardening books! The tips and advice in these gardening guides will help your transform your green space and show you how to grow plants, flowers and trees. They can also help you make the most of allotments and help you grow your own food, arrange flowers and take care of your lawn.

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Gardening Books

  • Two Men Went to Mow

    Clive Gravett

    Product Code: MMOW
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    Horticultural enthusiast Clive Gravett tells the story of two excessive men born 157 years apart and their love of the lawn mower in Two Men Went to Mow. Those men? Clive and the ingenious inventor of the garden machine, Edwin Beard Budding.

    Told with humour and passion, the book finds Clive looking over the history of the machine and celebrating how much mowing means to him. He reveals how this piece of machinery has impacted on all of our lives - particularly in the world of sports.

    Amongst Clive's favourite memories are mowing his parents' lawn and recreating the 1966 World Cup final goals and he also shares fascinating facts and tidbits alongside full-colour photographs.
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  • The Tulip

    Anna Pavord

    Product Code: CBQJA
    A revised and updated edition of the internationally bestselling classic Anna Pavord's now classic, internationally bestselling sensation, The Tulip, is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has driven men mad. Greed, desire, anguish and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the worldwide phenomenon it is today. No other flower carries so much baggage; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many centuries in so many countries? Anna Pavord, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, spent six years looking for answers, roaming through eastern Turkey and Central Asia to tell how a humble wild flower made its way along the Silk Road and eventually took the whole of Western Europe by storm. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this irresistible volume has become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift and a joy to all who possess it. This beautifully redesigned edition features a new Preface by the author, a revised listing of the best varieties of this incomparable flower to choose for your garden and a reorganised listing of tulip species to reflect the latest thinking by taxonomists.
    • £32.00
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  • Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, The

    Michelle Payne

    Product Code: BQDSD
    Kew's Grade 1 listed Temperate House is the world's largest surviving Victorian glasshouse and the reopening in May 2018 will mark its 155th anniversary. The Temperate House has been closed for the past five years for a major restoration project, which has involved repairs to the entire framework and ventilation system, brickwork and statuary, as well as an overhaul of the planting and the inclusion of some of the world's rarest plants. It is home to Kew's temperate zone plants, containing specimens from South Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and oceanic islands. Many of its best known species, such as its tree ferns, have been in Kew's collection since the glasshouse first opened, or even longer. This book is a souvenir of the history of the Temperate House, and details the changes that have occurred in its 155 years, all accompanied with fascinating archival photographs and botanical illustrations. Central to the book is a pull out double page section detailing the new planting and layout of the House.
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  • RHS How to Plant a Garden

    Matt James

    Product Code: CBSCU
    'A thoroughly recommended read if you want your garden to have that designer touch - and to look good all year round' - Alan Titchmarsh 'This book is reassuringly methodical. From the initial survey to the planting palette and how to design for privacy, shelter or noise control. It's a helpful primer for any design project.' - Daily Mail 'Inventively presented with a lot of info packed in without seeming deterrently difficult.' - Evening Standard 'Great design tips, ideas and planting schemes for year-round interest.' - House Beautiful Confused by the bewildering range of plants on offer at your local garden centre? How do you choose, use and create beautiful planting schemes like the professionals? The book takes you on a structured journey through the design process, from the initial assessment of your existing space, through choosing a theme or style, to putting it all together. Learn what various plant groups can provide and how to problem-solve by selecting the right species. Understand the role that form, colour, scent and texture play in the garden, and how to use focal points and accent plants for added interest. Tiny courtyard gardeners and suburban gardeners alike will learn how to mix plants in pleasing combinations that will provide interest through the seasons and last for years. RHS How to Plant a Garden proves that a good planting scheme can transform your garden from the ordinary to the truly inspirational.
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  • How to Grow Native Orchids in Gardens Large and Small

    Wilson Wall

    Product Code: BZMLH
    A unique illustrated book about growing native orchids giving a step by step guide to every planting situation.From this book, you will learn how to cherish these remarkable flowers and help them flourish in their natural habitat: * Which species of orchids will work in their garden and what companion plants to grow next to them * How to grow orchids from seed or in a container * How to start an orchid meadow or add orchids to an orchard & Preserving and promoting local ecosystems
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  • Decorating Pumpkins & Gourds

    Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

    Product Code: BQGVY
    Learn how to make and decorate all sorts of fun and fantastic projects with pumpkins and gourds. Pumpkins and gourds are very versatile vegetables and make great autumnal dishes, both sweet and savoury, but they also make excellent indoor and outdoor decorations. Whether you're looking for some Halloween inspiration or just want to create something lovely to display in your garden, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell will teach you how to make all sorts of beautiful things. She will show you how to carve some striking swirls into a butternut squash to create an unusual but stunning centrepiece, and how to make a gorgeous Rose Window squash that would cast an atmospheric glow in any garden. You will learn how to cut out Maids in a Row, fashion an attractive Fall Wreath out of multiple small squashes and so much more. There are a variety of projects, both big and small, some easy and some hard, so that you will be able to make something regardless of your experience or the shape of your vegetables. With 20 fun and easy projects, Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds will inspire you to get crafty with your veg.
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  • Bawa

    David Robson

    Product Code: AWQMH
    This is a story of two brothers, Geoffrey and Bevis, and their exquisite gardens, Brief and Lunuganga, set in the lush tropical landscape of Sri Lanka. It begins with a largely photographic overview of the country's natural features, showing the varied palette of landscapes that inspired Bawa's sensitive treatment of architecture. At the very heart of the book is an intimate portrait of two gloriously detailed gardens and the personalities that brought them into being. But it is also a story about the nature and landscape of an island of exceptional beauty. As such, the book has something to offer followers of Geoffrey Bawa, tropical-garden enthusiasts and to all those seeking a photographic portrait of Sri Lanka.
    • £13.49
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Our green-fingered guides are ideal for both gardening gurus and complete beginners. For a wide variety of invaluable guides and beautiful books on gardening, explore our extensive range today.

Heavenly horticulture

You’ll find stunning handbooks on fairy-tale floristry, detailed guides on gardening techniques and lots of wonderful wildlife handbooks in our varied selection of gardening books. Explore the secret world of your garden and all the life that lives and thrives there, and discover how to create the best conditions for ensuring plants and wildlife flourish.

Top gardening tips from famous faces

You may recognise some of the authors of these gorgeous gardening books. We offer titles from the likes of Jim Buttress, Alan Titchmarsh and many more, all of whom offer their trademark tips and tricks to help you garden like a pro.

Cultivate a beautiful garden

Pore over books that reveal breath-taking gardens around the world and gain inspiration for your own garden from our range of gardening books. Whether you need ideas or advice on flowers, trees, allotments, wildlife, gardening techniques, design and landscaping or general gardening, you’re sure to find the perfect gardening books for you in our fantastic gardening range. We offer specialist books on particular skills, plants and topics, or general essential compendiums that cover everything you need to know to grow a healthy and wonderful garden.

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