Top Gardening Books for the Green-Fingered (and novice gardener!)

Whether you're seeking a gardening book for yourself to learn some new tricks or to find out where to start with your new plot of land, or if you're after a present or a friend or family member who loves to garden, we have the perfect book to help you out. Take a look through our list of gardening books to find inspiration, advice and insights on how to create your own gorgeous garden. Plus, whether you have a large garden to maintain, a small space or even just a window box, we have a book advising you on what to grow and how to use that space. We have allotment books helping you to grow healthy fruits and vegetables and guides to flowers and wildlife to help keep your garden beautiful and buzzing all year round. Here are our top gardening books for the green-fingered (and novice gardener!)...

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1. The Secret Gardeners

Victoria Summerley

Take a peek at the beautiful gardens belonging to some of the top celebrities in Britain, including Julian Clary, Prue Leith and Cath Kidston. The Secret Gardeners features loads of stunning photographs to give you a look into the home lives of these celebrities as you've never seen them before and to give you some great gardening inspiration. This beautiful book is the perfect gift for gardening fans.

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2. RHS Great British Village Show

Thane Prince and Matthew Briggs

This fun book is all about the competitive gardener's favourite event of the year - the village show. With a foreword from Alan Titchmarsh and lots of topics covered, including the guidelines that judges have to follow, expert tips and recipes to try if you're going to give the baking categories a go. This book is perfect for anyone that wants to know what happens behind the scenes of the village show and how to make your fruits, vegetables and flowers the winners every year.

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3. How to Grow

Hollie Newton

This book is the perfect guide to help you out if you want to get into gardening but haven't done so before. Starting with the basics, Hollie Newton takes you through all the knowledge you need to transform your bare garden into a luscious paradise. Hollie shows you which vegetables, fruits and flowers are the easiest to grow and how to create a garden in small and urban spaces so that you can become a gardener wherever you live.

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4. The People's Gardener

Jim Buttress

In this charming memoir, Jim Buttress, a gardening judge for some of the UK's best flower shows, tells his life story. Jim has had a fascinating gardening career, starting out as a practical gardener, then getting the job of Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks and then becoming a well-respected gardening judge. He reveals humorous anecdotes from working at the Chelsea Flower Show and insights into what it was like working for the royals in this book that shows the joy that a life of gardening can bring. This memoir is perfect for everyone who wants a light read by someone who shares their love of gardening.

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5. The Container Gardener

Frances Tophill

This book provides gardening ideas for people that don't have much outdoor space. Frances Tophill, presenter of the show, Love Your Garden, shows you how you can make the most of the space you have with unusual ideas for pots and plants to decorate your space. Featuring 40 ideas for pots and plants to pair together, there are loads of ideas to try whatever your style or taste. Whether your space is big or small, Frances can show you how to decorate it with a range of beautiful gardening ideas.

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6. RHS: How Do Worms Work?

Guy Barter

Guy Barter, head of the RHS Members' Advisory Service, has written this fascinating book featuring all the questions that gardeners ask and all the answers they need. From questions about trees and flowers to queries about animals and wildlife, including the question of how do worms breathe? This book is a great reference guide for gardeners and focuses on bringing you all the information you need to answer all the most common gardening questions. Whatever part of gardening makes you curious, they'll be an answer for you in this great little resource.

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7. RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening

Chris Baines

This updated and revised guide by the RHS gives you all the information you need about wildlife in your garden. Based on key research, there is information on every part of caring for and understanding the wildlife in your garden, from pesticides to creating habitats. Giving advice on how to work with wildlife in your own garden, this book is perfect for gardeners that love supporting the wildlife around them.

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8. The British Oak

Archie Miles


This interesting book examines the importance of the oak tree in Britain. Describing the history of the oak tree, from its use in industry and ship building to its inclusion in art and literature, to issues with the modern conservation, Archie Miles takes you on the path to discovering the secrets of the nation's best-loved tree.

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9. The Almanac

Lia Leendertz

Gardener and food writer, Lia Leendertz, has written this fascinating book all about how to garden with the seasons. Following the rural Almanac, Lia shows you what to grow and make each month. As she takes you through her seasonal guide to 2018 she also explains the significance of the festivities and lunar eclipses that will happen throughout the year. This book is perfect for gardeners to see them through 2018.


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10. Anthology of Flowers

Jane Field-Lewis

This beautiful book contains 50 profiles of Britain's favourite flowers with images edited to give them an aged Victorian feel. This book is perfect for flower fans, whether you want to know more about the beautiful flowers included in the book or just want to enjoy the stunning artwork, this book is the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates the beauty of flowers.

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If you still haven't found the perfect book for you or the gardener in your life then take a look through all our gardening books to see what you can find.

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    Jim Buttress
    • £4.99
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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.
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    Jane Field-Lewis
    • £4.99
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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.
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    Archie Miles
    • £9.99
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    Archie Miles provides a celebration of the oak tree in Britain and explores its history, culture, topography and biology in this endlessly interesting book.

    A comprehensive overview of everything that the famous oak tree signifies to Britain and its people, it looks at its importance in industry, architecture and ship building, as well as evaluating its role in myth, art and literature.

    Perfect for anyone who loves nature, the book includes fascinating profiles of Britain's 50 most famous oak trees, an examination of the disease, management and conservation issues facing them and a whole host of stunning photographs.
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    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.
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    Chris Baines
    • £6.99
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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.
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    Hollie Newton
    • £6.99
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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.
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    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.
  • HDWW
    Guy Barter
    • £4.99
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    This horticultural book is ideal for anyone who has green fingers. It covers every aspect of gardens and gardening. It provides expert answers to all the questions a gardener wants to ask - and a few you may not have thought of...

    From how worms breathe to why trees get so big, this book is packed with photographs, engravings and diagrams that explain all you need to know about gardening.

    Written by the head of the RHAS Members' Advisory Service, this is ideal for fact-loving gardeners and covers everything from the quirky and whimsical to the practical.
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    Victoria Summerley
    • £14.99
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    Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.

    With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.

    With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!
  • ALMN
    Lia Leendertz
    • £3.99
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    If you want to connect with the seasons through gardening, foraging and even picking flowers, The Almanac is the book for you. It's a practical, historical and contemplative guide to nature's offering every month of the year.

    Inspired by the rural almanac, this book is written by award-winning gardener and food-writer Lia Leendertz and is packed with advice on the tools and inspiration you'll need.

    Lia also shares her favourite recipes using seasonal ingredients as well as covering all the key phenomena of the universe including festivities, lunar eclipses and sunrise and sunset times.