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Gardening Books Reviewed

We all love to read for inspiration and practical advice. Book Reviews for gardeners - design, specialist books on plants, plant culture, and more. Our listing of Gardening Books Reviewed


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The earth's deep breathing

The earth's deep breathing
The earth's deep breathing
Edited by Harvey McQueen (Random House, 2007)

These garden poems by New Zealand poets bring together gardening and poetry in a 'treasury' of 92 poems. This collection of poetry has been brought together by the respected anthologist and poet, Harvey McQueen. The illustrations from photographs by Gil Hanley, of a variety interesting images give an added dimension to this anthology. Review Here

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How to Put Nature into Our Neighbourhoods - Low Impact Urban Design Development Principles

How to Put Nature into Our Neighbourhoods - Low Impact Urban Design Development Principles
Maria Ignatieva, Colin Meurk, Marjorie van Roon, Robyn Simcock, and Glenn Stewart (2008 Landcare Research Science Series No. 35 Manaaki Whenua Press) This book is described as an "Urban Greening Manual with a biodiversity focus for New Zealand Developers and Homeowners" Review Here

The Propagation of New Zealand Native Plants

The Propagation of New Zealand Native Plants
Lawrie Metcalfe (Random House, 2007) This is a very useful book for anyone interested in producing native plants for their home garden, for commercial purposes or for revegetating larger areas of land. Review Here

Foliage in the contemporary New Zealand garden

Foliage in the contemporary New Zealand garden
Julian Matthews (Random House, 2007) The theme of this book is on contemporary gardens with a focus on easy care in today's busy modern world. This book shows how foliage plants are exciting and have much to offer. Review Here

Michael McCoy's Garden

Michael McCoy's Garden
Michael McCoy (Florilegium 2000) This is a book about a garden - the trials and tribulations, the successes and triumphs, and the sheer hard work. Along the way the author brings us his influences, his gardening philosophies and not a few tricks of the trade. Review Here

Succulents for the Contemporary Garden

Succulents for the Contemporary Garden

Yvonne Cave (Random House 2002). Don't be fooled by the title into thinking this is a design book. It isn't, but it is the most comprehensive book available on succulents and related plants commercially obtainable in New Zealand. This is the book that will take you beyond 'the red one', as Yvonne Cave so succinctly puts it, into knowing the names and the cultural conditions needed for your growing succulent collection. Review Here

New Classic Gardens

New Classic Gardens

Jill Billington (Quadrille 2000) This book is a breath of fresh air. Classic gardens bring to mind the opulence of Versailles or Hampton Court, but this book brings a new slant to formal, classic garden design. Gone are the fussy detailing and clutter that are associated with English garden style. Jill Billington brings us clean, innovative gardens that are made for living in. Review Here

Vireyas for New Zealand Gardeners
Vireyas for New Zealand Gardeners

John Kenyon and Jacqueline Walker (Random House New Zealand 1997). Written by New Zealanders with advice and cultivation notes for our climate and conditions and describing plants that are available here. If you already grow, or aspire to grow vireyas, this book is a must for its concise, practical advice and design insights. Review Here

Dream Plants for the Natural Garden

Dream Plants for the Natural Garden

Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf (Frances Lincoln 2000). This is a wonderful book- crammed with information on desirable plants and with glorious photographs to support the text. Review Here

Botanicas 100 Best Bulbs for Your Garden

Botanicas 100 Best Bulbs for Your Garden

(Random House NZ)

100 Best Bulbs is a good summary of bulbs and how to grow them. Review Here

New Book Review - 100 Best Natives for Your Garden

'100 Best Natives for Your Garden'

Fiona Eadie (Random House NZ, 2001)

From the Godwit series, a useful reference for gardeners wanting to use more native plants in their gardens. Review Here

Subtropical Plants For New Zealand Gardens - New Book Review

Subtropical Plants For New Zealand Gardens

Jacqueline Sparrow and Gil Hanly (Random House NZ, 2002)

The tempting cover photograph of a gloriosa lily gives an idea of the colourful and flamboyant subtropicals covered in this book, another in the Godwit New Zealand Garden Guide series. Review Here

Gardening Mad - New Review

'Gardening Mad'
Monty Don (Bloomsbury Publishing 1998)

Many books written by celebrity TV gardeners seem unreal and more perfect than life. This book is an exception. Monty Don is, as he happily admits, 'gardening mad'. Review Here

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