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What's Your Favourite Gardening Book?


I was just wondering what everyone's favourite gardening books were?

I'm thinking off adding to my small collection, ideally something that is informative but includes pictures for a bit of reading on an evening.

At the moment I have a few of the 'Expert' series, RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening, Monty's Gardening at Longmeadow' Alan Titchmarsh 'Secret Garden' and a couple of others full of ideas for container gardening.

It'd be lovely to hear what everyone else is reading or enjoys having a look through more than once.


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    How does your garden grow, by Chris Beardshaw...and actually it is time I read it again! Tells us very clearly and simply how plants work and how to propagate them.image

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,155

    alys fowler. 

  • Will look them up, thanks to the both of you image 

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,402
    Love that one Artjak - also anything by Christopher Lloyd - if pictures are a most then Colour for adventurous gardeners - if you can cope without pictures then the well tempered gardener.

    For general garden related ramblings i love the Morville books by Katherine Swift, or Anna Pavord the gentle gardener
  • I tend to prefer them with pictures as I find it easier to learn if I can see the way something is done and plus you can see what something is meant to look like, if that makes any sense image

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Favourite for being most useful is 'The Grower's Guide' from Caxton - given to me by my father.  Well thumbed, coffee stained, a bit mildewy, but full of good advice and photos of chaps who wear a tie and a knitted tank top to dig in the garden.  (Much as I remember my dad doing.)


    If its container gardening books your'e looking for I like Christine Walkden's no-nonsense container gardening, its crammed full of pictures and information and covers everything from flowers, vegetables and fruit with a section on unusual plants as well, and as it says it is full of no-nonsense information. It goes well with feet up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a piece of home made cake.image 

  • Thanks Ecobaby however I bought that book already a few weeks ago lol I've ordered the Chris Beardshaw one mentioned above and I am enjoying looking up the rest currently image

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