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Favourite Gardening Books

I recently bought Monty Don's My Roots from a well know on line retailer for the grand sum of 1p. The book is a joy to read and I am rationing my reading of it to prolong the pleasure. Now, I have to say I am a real fan of Monty Don's garden writing, If truth be told, his columns are one of the reasons I still buy Gardeners World, but it got me to thinking what other books are out there that people cherish and might be worth a read. Another favourite of mine is The Country of White Colver by H.E.Bates, although this is more a book about the country side rather than purely gardening.



  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    There was a thread about favourite gardening books just a couple of days ago. You can read that here....

    You'll see that we don't mind mentioning the 'well known on line retailer' who sells books for 1p, by name, and even including links to his website. image

    Though no-one mentioned H.E.Bates, as you have just done. He was an interesting person. He is best known for writing the TV series 'The Darling Buds of May'. But more interestingly, he had a very serious illness, and made a 'miraculous' recovery, which he attributed to 'the magic of green' - his garden.

  • The best books I first bought were Dr D.G. Hessayon which were very good, and you cannot beat Alan Titchmarsh.

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  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    I love Carol Klein's book Grow Your Own Garden which is all about the different methods of propagation.  "Plants for Free" is what my garden is all about image

  • my favourite book is by Allen Tichsmarch The allotment gardeners handbook a treasure of what to grow and when . it might be out of print now


  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    I'm with you caz , love that book that's where I learnt to take cuttings and grow. Ordered propagators bible off amazon and wow stuff I didn't know image
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    If truth be known I buy a well known national news paper on Saturday's to read Monty's weekly contribution and read his section in GW.

    I've books from  the Dr Hessayon Expert series, A. Tichmarsh and Aura Gardening Guides. Then a random selection written by people like Bob Flowerdew. Couldn't say there's a favourite.  I've found they all give good advise regrading gardening and  getting the best results but struggle to find books which give advise regarding preserving the stuff you grow.

  • Arthur Nettleacre - thank you - you just reminded me about The Country of White Clover which I've wanted to read for years having heard extracts on the radiio way back when!  I've just ordered it.  Cheers!!!

    I must also add to the appreciation of Monty Don's writing - such a pleasure to read.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Glad to be of service! The Country of White Clover is a really magical book. I picked my copy up from a jumble sale a couple of years ago not knowing what to expect from it and was utterly captivated. Since then it has become regular 'Spring' reading.

    Thanks to everyone for their comments

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