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  • GBVS
    Matthew Biggs
    • £6.99
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    There will be tea, tents, terrifically good jam and plenty of well-mannered competition in this celebration of that most quintessentially British of all traditions - the village show.

    Published in conjunction with the RHS and with a foreword from Alan Titchmarsh, this DK book explains how judges reach their nail-biting decisions and all the official guidelines they have to follow for reviewing fruits, vegetables and flowers. There are also tips from experts on preparing show-quality preserves and bakes.

    Busting with awe-inspiring photography, this book is packed with staging tips, expert guides, photo diaries, and prize-winning recipes that provide a truly unique insider's look behind the scenes of your local village show.
  • CNGR
    Frances Tophill
    • £5.99
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    Love Your Garden presenter Frances Tophill explains how to make the most of any space and provides inspirational ideas for pots and plants to transform your garden in The Container Gardener.

    Ideal if you have a small plot, balcony or a lack of outdoor space, this book explains just how effective container gardening can be. It will show you how to grow all sorts of herbs, spices and flowers and even contains 40 ideas for pairing plants and pots.

    Frances also showcases the sustainable, crafty and culinary aspects of container gardening. A container can enable growers to bring nature to the most inhospitable and smallest spaces - and this book will help you every step of the way.
  • HBGW
    Peter Holden
    • £3.99
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    Learn all about the wildlife you can find in your garden with this handbook from the RSPB.

    A rich resource of information, it provides practical advice on attracting wildlife to your garden and is full of tips that will encourage these visitors to stay.

    Every type of flora and fauna is covered with species sorted into groups including mammals, birds, insects, wild flowers, trees and fungi. Each account covers identification, habits, characteristics, food and garden conservation.
  • The Edible Balcony - Paperback - 9781856269469 - Alex Mitchell
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    Alex Mitchell
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    Whether you live in the heart of a city or simply have a limited amount of available space, The Edible Balcony is full of unique solutions that allow you to grow your own fresh produce whatever your surroundings.

    After cultivating her own oasis atop her London flat, Alex Mitchell shares her own tried-and-tested techniques - including both growing and recycling tips - on how to create your own 'grow zone' wherever you are.

    Packed with stunning images, exciting methods and inspirational plant-growing advice, the book serves not only as a practical guide for helping you transform your balcony, but also provides all of the inspiration you need to improve your diet and make the most of the great outdoors - no matter how grand or petite your outdoor spaces are.
  • RHPT
    Christopher Brickell
    • £6.99
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    This RHS book will show you how to cultivate your ideal garden. It provides guidance for over 800 trees, shrubs and climbing plants and explains all the best ways to prune and train them.

    Ideal for all abilities of gardner, it provides information on different plant types including fruits, roses, shrubs and trees. It then explains the specialised techniques you'll need for each one including coppicing, pollarding and pinch pruning.

    Following the tips in this book will help you enjoy having a perfectly pruned garden all year round. It helps you discover where, when and how to prune and train to make the most of your flowers.
  • Gardening on a Shoestring - Paperback - 9780857832658 - Alex Mitchell
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    Alex Mitchell
    • £2.99
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    Gardening On a Shoestring is a book that shows you how you can create a beautiful garden on any kind of budget.

    It's full of inventive ideas to help you either build one from scratch or to improve what you already have. It also contains advice on creating borders, planting herbs and how to look after vegetable and fruit gardens.

    Among the money-saving tips are ideas of the best plants to 'borrow' from friends, the easiest flowers to grow from seeds, the best long-living container plants and the most cost-effective crops.
  • RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening - Hardback - 9780711237919 - Chris Baines
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    Chris Baines
    • £4.99
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    A classic book that has been fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening shows just how much of an important part wildlife plays in any garden.

    Relying on RHS research and best practice, it provides information on everything from using pesticides to planting for birds and the idea of habitat creation.

    It looks at how much importance gardeners should put on wildlife when they make their decisions and will even show you how to attract and sustain butterflies.
  • How to Grow - Hardback - 9781409169321 - Hollie Newton
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    Hollie Newton
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    If you're eager to get out into the garden but are not sure where to start, How to Grow can help.

    Written by self-taught gardener Hollie Newton, this book is full of fruity language and personal advice that will help you all the way from growing your first wonky courgette to completely transforming a patio garden. There are chapters on easy-to-grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, salad and flowers.

    Covering everything from the basics of planning your garden to design ideas, this book focuses on small and urban spaces so it provides would-be gardeners everywhere with plenty of inspiration.
  • FLWB
    Rachel Siegfried
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    With its absolutely gorgeous jacket, The Flower Book celebrates all kinds of flowers and will help you (or whoever you gift it to) learn the art of floral design. It also has 30 inspiring arrangement ideas so that you can ensure the next batch of flowers you give are presented in style.

    Season by season, it provides stunning, in-depth profiles of 60 cut flowers which reveal everything you need to know about their colours, shapes, textures and fragrances.

    Celebrating the loveliest flowers for the home, bloom by bloom, this book covers the likes of orchids, sunflowers, lavender, roses and tulips in great detail.
  • Vintage Roses - Hardback - 9781910496909 - Jane Eastoe
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    Jane Eastoe
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    A celebration of all kinds of roses, this book reveals everything you could ever want to know about these graceful, garden-friendly flowers.

    Vintage roses can be overblown, multi-petalled or surprisingly simple and this book looks at over 60 specially selected specimens. It reveals each one's traits and examines those with the best visual appearances, the most fragrant perfumes and which are easiest to grow.

    The handy book also contains no-fuss notes on pruning and care along with its straightforward advice on growing. It explains how you can just as easily grow roses in a pot on your front steps as if you had a large country garden. Covering the best rambling, climbing and shrub roses, from bourbon to tea and floribunda to polyantha, you'll be sure to find your new favourite variety.
  • The Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit - Hardback - 9780857833488 - Matthew Biggs
    CBVH
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    Matthew Biggs, Jekka McVicar and Bob Flowerdew, the hosts of BBC Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time, provide a comprehensive guide to selecting, cultivating, harvesting and cooking your own fresh produce with The Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit.

    Complete with lavish illustrations, the book is perfect for anyone who would like to grow their own produce but feels like they need a helping hand with getting started. It details the cultivation and companion planting alongside the pests and diseases each produce may attract.

    It also reveals the culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses for each variety. In fact, there are 600 recipes to try that make use of over 70 vegetables 100 herbs and 100 popular fruits. It's an essential book for any gardener or cook.

    Please note this is a bind-up of three previous books by the authors.
  • Anthology of Flowers - Hardback - 9781849497893 - Jane Field-Lewis
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    Jane Field-Lewis
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    Full of sumptuous artwork and fascinating facts, this is a stunning hardback book for anyone who appreciates the sight of flowers.

    It contains photographic images of 50 of Britain's favourite flowers, all of which have been given a vintage, Victorian 'illustrated' makeover. The book also provides detailed descriptions about each and every flower it features.

    Perfect for botanists, the artwork is sure to inspire you to enjoy the natural beauty around you. It's a book you'll want to return to again and again as we approach the summer months.
  • The People's Gardener - Hardback - 9780283072550 - Jim Buttress
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    Jim Buttress
    • £3.99
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    A top gardening judge who presides over the UK's favourite flower shows, Jim Buttress reveals his life story in this warm and funny memoir.

    Starting his career as a practical gardener, Jim reveals how he managed to achieve one of the most impressive careers in British horticulture. He fondly looks back on his boyhood obsession with Percy Thrower and the 10 years he spent as Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks - a job that could involve anything from having a chat with the Queen Mother to figuring out ways to water elephants in Hyde Park.

    He also reveals what it's like to exhibit - and win gold - at the Chelsea Flower Show and shares some of the stories he's seen as judge. From the joy of awarding medals to grateful winners to the shock of being threatened by an irate loser, this book is packed with colourful characters and a grand love for all things gardening.
  • First-Time Gardener - Paperback - 9780857832542 - Frances Tophill
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    Frances Tophill
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    Perfect for those who have moved into a home with outdoor space, First-time Gardener: How to Plan, Plant & Enjoy Your Garden is a fuss-free, practical guide to gardening.

    Written by horticulturalist Frances Tophill, this book begins with advice on getting to know your garden and the essentials you'll need to know - like the soil you have and what the drainage and light is like - before then helping you decide on whether you want a vegetable patch, an abundance of flowers or an indoor living space.

    Frances also gives her advice on how to source and care for a number of different plants and there's even a section on aftercare.
  • Grow Vegetables - Hardback - 9780241239100 - Alan Buckingham
    GRWV
    Alan Buckingham
    • £3.99
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    From juicy tomatoes to crunchy celery and the likes of turnips and carrots, this book will show you how easy it is to grow your own organic vegetables - no matter how much space you have.

    This book has detailed, step-by-step growing instructions and advice on how to grow more than 80 vegetables and herbs, meaning you'll be making the best salad around in next to no time.

    Including the more obscure vegetables, this is a must-have grow-your-own guide for all gardeners and foodies.
  • VEGJ
    Charles Dowding
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    Offering a month-by-month approach to no-dig gardening, Charles Dowding's Veg Journal will have you growing a range of vegetable crops successfully without stress or overload.

    This book uses seasonal checklists, advice and Charles' years of experience to help you plan a year's worth of veg growing. Using the mantra of 'little and often', the book will take you all the way from planning a veg garden through to constructing a raised bed, sowing seeds indoors and outdoors in the spring and protecting plants from the weather and pests throughout the season.

    All the key crops, key activities and essential reminders are included and the book will show you how to grow the 20 most important crops - providing you with healthy and tasty greens and veg all year round.
  • ALPNY
    George Plumptre
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    There is something special about the English country house garden: from its quiet verdant lawns to its high yew hedges, this is a style much-desired and copied around the world. The English country house is most often conceived as a private, intimate place, a getaway from working life, and here you will see gardens with meandering walks amongst greenery and contemplative pools of water. A sundial, a pergola, a croquet lawn, a herbaceous border of soft planting; here is a space to share secrets, to wander and relax, and above all to enjoy English afternoon tea. But even the most peaceful of gardens also take passion and hard work to create. This new book takes a fresh look at the English country house garden, starting with the owners and the stories behind the making of the gardens. With spectacular photos by Marcus Harpur, the text presents thirty gardens - some grand, some personal, some celebrated, some never-before-photographed - to explore why this garden style has been so very enduring and influential. From the Victorian grandeur of Tyntesfield and Cragside, to the Arts & Crafts simplicity of Rodmarton Manor and Charleston; from Scampston, in the same family since the 17th century, to new gardens by Dan Pearson, Tom Stuart-Smith and the Bannermans; and with favourites such as Hidcote and Great Dixter alongside new discoveries, this book will be a delicious treat for garden-lovers.
  • AKWTI
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    Plan a garden that's pretty and productive all year round with this essential garden guide. Gardener's Year will help you create, care for and enjoy a colourful and fruitful garden throughout the year, from the first frost-tinged flowers, to autumn's fiery finale. Packed with timely tips, this invaluable gardening guide is full of planting ideas, reminders and how-tos for every season and area of the garden. You'll find helpful advice on seasonal jobs, when to plant, garden projects and planting ideas for every area of the garden, including beds, borders and patios. An at-a-glance garden calendar clearly shows each month's jobs, including sowing, planting, watering, feeding, pruning and harvesting, plus illustrated step-by-steps of key techniques flag up handy gardening tips that can make all the difference. Star plants for every season are picked out for you and specific plants are recommended for different uses such as scent, cut flowers, ground cover and even which plants attract butterflies. In Gardener's Year you'll discover what and when to plant for stunning garden displays, how to grow vegetables, beautiful flower garden ideas and the very best plants for colour, scent and year-round pleasure in your garden, it's the perfect gift for gardeners.
  • AHAUA
    Robert W. King
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    With this kit, complete with a 32page book explaining bonsai gardening, an instruction sheet, a small pot, a peat pellet, a packet of seeds, and a pair of scissors, indoor gardeners can grow a peaceful mini-garden anywhere they choose. Whether it's on a desk or in a kitchen, this little bit of greenery will brighten up the day-just add water! Also available in a full-size kit
  • AMZAX
    Alys Fowler
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    Forget makeover culture and all your gardening preconceptions, this is a witty, wise and practical take on to how to create a garden that suits you. The Thrifty Gardener is about creating the garden of your dreams, regardless of resources or limited space. It will eliminate the intimidation factor and reveal the ins-and-outs of soil, seeds, sowing and growing. At the heart of this book is a DIY ethic that says you don't always have to buy what you need, you can make it, take it or swap it with friends. From making window boxes out of wine cases to creating your own stylish compost bin, from bulking up perennials to finding plants for free, this book is packed with offbeat projects for a new generation of gardeners.
  • ARDZI
    Matt James
    • £25.00
    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.
  • AREBY
    The National Gardens Scheme (N
    • £12.99
    Published annually in spring and previously known as The Yellow Book, NGS Gardens to Visit 2016 lists nearly 4,000 gardens open for visiting. It is packed with full-colour photographs and informed comment. Fully updated and supported by an online database, NGS Gardens to Visit 2016 is now easier to use than ever. Look out for sensory gardens, those offering accommodation and delicious treats, and learn how to create your own patch. Find a garden to visit near you and support the NGS's vital charity work.
  • 100 Simple Paper Flowers - Paperback - 9781782403081 - Kelsey Elam
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    Kelsey Elam
    • £2.99
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    Join in the paper flower trend and create some truly stunning decorations with the help of Kelsey Elam in this gorgeous craft book.

    Paper flowers are affordable, fun and easy to make and provide an uplifting hit of colour that will brighten anyone's day. With its 100 templates and projects, this book is blooming with brilliant ideas for ornaments, applications and decor.

    With inspiring photography, it shows you how a handful of techniques can work across the board and will show you how to make everything from paper daisies to bouquets of lilies.
  • AMBSM
    Paula Pryke
    • £26.89
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    Paula Pryke has been helping couples plan weddings for nearly 30 years and this sumptuous book distils her talent as one of the most sought after wedding florists into a unique and invaluable aide to planning your own day. In this book, Paula will guide you through every decision from the choice of theme to the selection of individual flower varieties to, offering many ideas along the way. The Wedding Flowers section leads you through the different flowers that form the key choices for many couples giving information on varieties and history from orchids and roses to sweet peas and daisies. Wedding Themes considers different style approaches, from exploring palettes such as classic white or hot pink, to a do-it-yourself vintage approach, a garden decorated for a summer evening reception, or a glamorous hotel ceremony. Floral Decorations gives you a host of ideas for decorations you will be choosing for your big day, from bouquets to buttonholes and headdresses for the flower girls. There are ideas for decorating the venue from floral arches to pew ends. For the reception afterwards there are ideas for table decorations, chairbacks, napkin details and cake toppers that will all set the stage for a wonderful celebration. For those who want to create their own arrangements, 29 step-by-step projects for bouquets and arrangements will give you all you need.