New Books for Gardening

Starting with a unique take on gardening , the origins and histories of garden tools, this selection of books contain advice, histories and creative ideas on the gardening theme.

Syndetics book coverThe history of the garden in fifty tools / Bill Laws.
Every tool has a tale to tell. A History of the Garden in Fifty Tools takes you on a fascinating historical and horticultural journey, describing the origin and evolution of fifty pieces of garden gear. The garden shed shelters some improbable stories, from the Mayan clay-pot makers to the tailor trimming the uniforms of English Redcoats who invented the lawn mower; from the manic evolution of the seventeenth-century Dutch bulb planter to the plant container that created a movable orchard at Versailles.”(Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPlantiful : start small, grow big with 150 plants that spread, self-sow, and overwinter / Kristin Green.
Plantiful shows you how to have an easy, gorgeous garden packed with plants by simply making the right choices. Kristen Green highlights plants that help a garden quickly grow by self-sowing and spreading and teaches you how to expand the garden and extend the life of a plant by overwintering. Full of gardening tips, design ideas, and inspirational photos will motivate and inspire gardeners of all levels.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary) 

Syndetics book coverDecorate with flowers : creative ideas for flowers & containers around the home / Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring.
“In this gorgeous and unique book, Holly Becker teams up with stylist Leslie Shewring to offer practical know-how and colorful inspiration for decorating the home with florals. Beginning with the basics of flower arranging and progressing on to decorating ideas for a range of styles–such as vintage, eclectic, and modern with creative DIY flower and container projects peppered throughout, this book offers a bunch of fresh ideas for flower enthusiasts and home decorators on any budget.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverCharles Dowding’s veg journal : expert no-dig advice, month by month / Charles Dowding.
“Based on Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course this book is arranged in a useful monthly journal so that no activity is overlooked and readers can follow his mantra of ‘little and often’. Charles Dowding proves the efficacy of no-dig gardening, and using step by steps guidance with photos shows how to plan a veg garden, construct a raised bed, sow seed indoors and outdoors in spring, grow on young crops, protect his plants from the weather and pests through the season until he celebrates the joy of harvesting.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to grow beautiful roses : a practical guide to growing, caring for and maintaining roses, shown in over 275 glorious photographs / Peter McHoy.
“This is a comprehensive guide to growing, maintaining and designing with the world’s most enduring flower. It begins with a fascinating history of the rose, then provides instructions for planting and caring for roses in borders, as climbers, ramblers and standards, as well as how to grow ground-cover, miniature and container roses.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover Tudor Monastry Farm: life in rural England 500 years ago / [Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn & Tom Pinfold. 
“Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn have become familiar faces on BBC2 after their hugely popular and immersive time-travelling experiments, Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm. But for their fourth series, and our accompanying book, they have joined forces with Tom Pinfold to take on their biggest challenge yet: going back to Tudor England to endure the harsh realities of working for an Abbey Farm.Scrupulously researched, totally authentic and with its own contemporary narrative playing out within an accurate reconstruction of Tudor England, this is a fantastic glimpse into history, as it was lived. This is set to be Peter, Ruth and Tom’s most ambitious historical assignment yet.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cut flower patch : grow your own cut flowers all year round / by Louise Curley.
“Louise Curley looks at what makes a great cut flower, ideal conditions and soil and the tools you’ll need. There is advice on what to grow – from favourite hardy annuals, half hardies and biennials to spring and summer bulbs to adding foliage and fillers to balance arrangements – and advice on how and when to sow, how to support your plants and tips on weeding, deadheading, pests and feeding.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover Of Rhubard and Roses: the Telegraph book of the garden / edited by Tim Richardson.
“The Telegraph” has long enjoyed the closest association with gardeners and it has always revelled in the glory and variety of Britain’s horticultural heritage, whether celebrating the most prized formal gardens, like Great Dixter, or offering sage advice on pruning penstemon from the pages of the Weekend section.  Whatever form it takes – Zen minimalism, or a breeding ground for prize-winning marrows – few things could be more central to the world of the “Telegraph” reader than the garden, which is why the paper has always attracted the best writers on the subject.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)