Favourite Gardening Book Ever
30 December 2011 23:26:24
Favourite Gardening Book
If you could choose one - now I really mean it - just ONE gardening book as your favourite, what would it be?
Mine would have to be...
Dream Gardens: 100 Inspirational Gardens by Andrew Lawson & Tania Compton published 2007
It may not be written by any noteworthy writers or contain any detailed horticultural advice but not all books need to do that.
I have received more inspiration from this book, especially on cold winter evenings, than any other. It has so many pictures, covering all the seasons, that I keep on dipping right back into it and either seeing something new or noticing something afresh.
Some 'inspirational' books can show gardens that are daunting and clearly unattainable, often because of their hard-landscaping (a book co-written by Dan Pearson that I mentioned on Elizabeth's journal earlier springs to mind) but this book is not one of them. Yes, the gardens are all fabulous but they are proper gardens which rely on plants for impact.
Well, I love it anyway.
PS I got a late Christmas pressie today - Christopher Lloyd's 'In My Garden, The Garden Diaries of Great Dixter'. Don't you just love straggler Xmas pressies?