Gardening around the globe: new books

Discover the iconic English gardens of Pemberley and the secret gardens hidden in all corners of Cornwall.  For the literature-loving gardeners out there, check out the lush surrounds of iconic writers’ homes including Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott and Agatha Christie. Or be inspired by the natural and self sufficient gardens right here in Aotearoa New Zealand. You can take a gardening tour around the world with these recent green-fingered reads!

The natural garden : landscape ideas for New Zealand gardens / White, Xanthe
The Natural Garden builds on Xanthe White’s signature landscape design with contemporary updates. Xanthe shares her design philosophy of nurturing a respectful and sustainable relationship with the natural world, and how her signature style can be applied to flower, native, rural, dry, inner city, productive, subtropical and coastal gardens.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


What makes a garden / Blom, Jinny
“This fascinating and insightful book looks at how a garden should please all five senses; how it is an alchemical mix of the inanimate and the living; and also how it has to accommodate both the effects of time and the influences of culture. This is not intended as a book of rules but rather a way of thinking about garden design and making sure it responds to the particularities of place, the culture and the demands of the client.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


The writer’s garden : how gardens inspired the world’s great authors / Bennett, Jackie
“Discover the flower gardens, vegetable plots, landscapes and writing hideaways of 30 great authors – from Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Orchard House’ where she wrote Little Women and Agatha Christie at Greenway, to Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House and the Massachusetts home of Edith Wharton. This book visits the homes and gardens that inspired novelists, poets and playwrights.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The English gardener’s garden
“The ultimate celebration of England’s most gorgeous gardens, showcasing their enduring appeal from historic masterpieces to individual creations of today.” (Catalogue)



Chatsworth : the gardens and the people who made them / Titchmarsh, Alan
“With a passionate knowledge of the garden and landscape, Alan Titchmarsh goes on a personal journey of discovery into the history of one of Britain’s finest and most visited stately homes. Discover Jane Austen’s real-life inspiration for Darcy’s Pemberley.” (Catalogue)


Secret gardens of Cornwall : a private tour / Hubbard, Tim
“Secret Gardens of Cornwall is a private tour of 20 of the best private gardens in Cornwall.” (Catalogue)




The complete book of self-sufficiency : the classic guide for realists and dreamers / Seymour, John
“For over 40 years, John Seymour has inspired thousands to make more eco-friendly choices with his advice on living sustainably. Offering step-by-step instructions showing you how to live off the land, running your own smallholding or homestead, and raising (and butchering) livestock. (Adapted from Catalogue)


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