Recent Garden Books

These recent additions to our collection are useful and beautiful to look at.  Well worth a pickup is “Flowers” by Carolyne Roehm this beautiful large book is full of sumptuous photographs and for inspiration, the home-grown sophistication of “Contemporary Gardens of New Zealand” is another highlight. 

Syndetics book coverFlowers / Carolyne Roehm ; photography by Carolyne Roehm and Sylvie Becquet ; written with Marc Kristal ; designed by Doug Turshen with David Huang.
“It has been more than a decade since Carolyne Roehm first shared her love of gardening and flower arranging. Now, for the first time ever, she turns her own photographic lens to that passion with Flowers, showcasing more than 300 images of the varieties in her abundant gardens, all captured at their most vibrant and exquisite moments throughout the season. With a gardener’s intimate understanding and a designer’s elegant eye, Roehm shows us the flowers she has cultivated for decades in and around Weatherstone, her historic Connecticut home. While alternating dramatic close-ups with portraits of lovely arrangements and sweeping views of her land, Roehm writes with wit, emotion, and affection of what flowers have meant to her, as well as of the joys and travails of the committed gardener’s life. What began as a casual hobby ultimately became a multi-year endeavor, as Roehm used her camera to explore the special relationship a gardener enjoys with her carefully nurtured beauties. The outcome is a remarkably personal visual essay: sumptuous, surprising, and as revealing of the sensibility behind the camera as the magnificent species that stand before it. This beautiful objet d’art a flower garden in a book is Carolyne Roehm’s most significant and singular volume yet”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverContemporary gardens of New Zealand / Carol Bucknell & Sally Tagg.
“Showcases a spectacular range of unique gardens by more than 20 of the country’s leading landscape designers. Utilising an exciting range of planting styles and architectural forms they have created inspiring gardens that enhance the houses they surround and beautifully complement the environments in which they are located”–Cover flap. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHeritage fruits & vegetables / text by Toby Musgrave ; photographs by Clay Perry ; foreword by Raymond Blanc.
“A sumptuous celebration in words and photographs of the fascinating riches of heritage fruits and vegetables. Published in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society and presented by season for growers and seasonally minded cooks, this book introduces heritage fruits and vegetables in entertaining stories and beautifully composed photographs that highlight all the unusual colours, shapes and textures of heritage varieties in a painterly way. It offers full descriptions of each type of fruit and vegetable and includes stories about their origins, development, the reception they received upon introduction to various countries, as well as the folklore associated with them. No one interested in food, plant cultivation or history will fail to be captivated by this glorious tribute to the food we so often take for granted”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLandscape ideas you can use : how to choose structures, surfaces & plants that transform your yard / Chris Peterson.
“A beautiful, inspiring book featuring well-chosen examples of landscape designs that succeed. This book goes beyond pretty pictures to include specific information on plant and hardscaping options so you can make an informed decision on which options make sense for your yard. Subjects covered include: Understanding landscape styles, landscape materials, landscape elements, gardens & border plantings, landscape structures, firepits & fireplaces, landscape lighting, and many more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGardens for all seasons / Mary Horsfall.
“Gardens for All Seasons is a gardening lifestyle book by bestselling author Mary Horsfall, celebrating the role of gardens in our lives and advising on the timing of jobs in the gardening year throughout Australia. Monthly chapters include topics such as planning, bushfire preparation, watering, pot plant care, mulching, weeding, fertilising, pruning, propagating, pest control, what to plant for different climate zones and what garden venues and events to visit.  Each chapter includes a special topic of the month, such as fun for kids in the garden, biodiversity, manipulating microclimate, and fragrance and first aid”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGrowing for food & colour / Graham Clarke.
“Graham Clarke shows that it is possible to cultivate fruits, vegetables and herbs alongside flowers – and that the beauty of the garden can be enhanced rather than compromised by productive plants”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSalads year-round : a planting guide / Dennis Greville.
“Includes descriptive planting notes and recipes which are accompanied by his own colourful photographs making this a useful kitchen-garden handbook. Salads year-round is the perfect companion for any cook keen to create simple and delicious salads with ingredients picked straight from the garden”–Back cover. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe perfect plot : starting an allotment from scratch / photography by Kim Sayer ; foreword by Christine Walkden ; [writer, Jo Monroe].
“The Perfect Plot paints a vivid picture of how to start an allotment from scratch. Told through the inspirational story of the Cornworthy site, it is a perfect guide for beginners. By following the successes and failures through the seasons of the Cornworthy villagers, budding allotmenteers will learn how they too can set up their own allotment and keep it going and growing. But this book is not just about the allotment – it is also about a community, a cast of characters who describe in their own words their triumphs and disasters, as well as the new methods and growing techniques (some very surprising) they have discovered along the way. Above all, though, it is the story of a diverse group of people united by a shared passion for growing produce”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe NZ vegetable garden : the complete guide to growing vegetables and herbs in New Zealand / Rachel Vogan ; with recipes by Helen Jackson.
“A practical, highly illustrated guide to planting and maintaining a vegetable garden that will become an essential reference for gardeners of all skill levels seeking to grow some, or all, of their own food.This newly revised and updated third edition of The Tui NZ Vegetable Garden contains all the essential information you need, from how to condition the soil to how and where to plant, what kind of yield to expect from each plant variety and tips on planting and harvesting to acheive the best results in your garden. There is also a section on how to combat pests and diseases in order to build a healthy and thriving garden – whether you aim to grow just a few tomatoes in pots on your balcony or enough food to feed a family.Including more than 70 common and more exotic vegetables and herbs, each entry concludes with ideas for turning produce into tasty meals. There is also a garden diary that advises what needs to be done in the garden each month to create a flourishing vegetable patch”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSeedswap : the gardener’s guide to saving and swapping seeds / Josie Jeffery.
“Josie Jeffery shares her passionate expertise in this introduction to seed-swapping, sowing practical information in the context of an exciting global movement. It covers simple husbandry and harvesting techniques plus guidelines on designing your own seedbank.” (Syndetics summary)