Book Reviews



Great Garden Design by Ian Hodgson, reviewed by Katherine Crouch.

March 24, 2015

I wonder: are all great garden designs, as in this book, designed by professional garden designers? What do you think? Is there a kind of garden apartheid – garden designs on one side, gardens on the other? Anne Wareham, editor Great Garden Design by Ian Hodgson, A review by Katherine Crouch This book is a […]

Shrubs are the Next New Thing: a review of ‘Shrub Features’ by Michael King.

December 18, 2014

Time to review an ebook – in this case a self published ebook by Michael King: Shrub Features. Many thanks to Sarah Coles for her perseverance and excellent review. Michael may be best known for his work on grasses and meadows, and is co-author of with Piet Oudolf of one of my most battered and […]



Which nature? Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris: a review by Catharine Howard

October 7, 2014

Before  you ask, rambunctious means difficult, hard to deal with – as in children and – nature.It’s an Americanism. Don’t be put off if you’re in the UK, this is interesting stuff. With thanks to Catharine Howard. Anne Wareham, editor Catharine Howard: Emma Marris writes about nature and ecology for several prestigious American magazines – […]

Not just a load of old coneflowers by Victoria Summerley.

May 15, 2014

Well, the biter bit. I keep contributors waiting for their pieces to be published for far too long. Just sometimes a contributor does the same thing and serves me right. Sorry Noel… Anne Wareham, editor A review of ‘Planting, a new perspective’, by Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf by Victoria Summerley: First, I must apologise […]



Japanese Zen Gardens, by Yoko Kawaguchi and Alex Ramsey, reviewed by Jake Hobson.

March 10, 2014

Time for a book review, and I’m delighted to welcome Jake Hobson, who is reviewing  Japanese Zen Gardens, by Yoko Kawaguchi and Alex Ramsey. It’s great to be able to hand a book like this for review to someone who really knows about the subject. Japanese gardens seem to me to be full of enormous pitfalls […]

The New English Garden by Tim Richardson reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

December 3, 2013

Here is a review of the winner of a Garden Media Guild Awards ‘Inspirational Book of the Year.’ I know it was the winner because Marianne Majerus and I judged them. O, and for certain characters who asked about the inclusions elsewhere – Veddw is in Wales, not England. Not that it would necessarily have been included. So now […]



The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie and Alex Ramsey reviewed by Rory Stuart

November 21, 2013

Everyone is now totally exhausted after all that debate and discussion on Clumping and Mingling and on Britain’s blooming Blooming. Time to think holidays. Gardens. Italy. Sunshine. So here’s Rory: Anne Wareham, editor PS Sorry – there were too many references to manage links to them all. I got overwhelmed.. Try Google?   Rory Stuart: […]

The whole world is a garden?…. by Charles Hawes

August 16, 2013

We appeared (Charles and me) in an exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (shut up, you at the back there…) and so went to the launch. At the launch we also saw an exhibition of (some rather lurid, – rather like my efforts on this site – some excellent) pictures from the International Garden […]



Buttercups are very low down in the scheme of things: a review of William Edmond’s Weeds, Weeding (& Darwin) by Barbara Abbs

July 18, 2013

I think this really must be the thinkingardener’s weed book. Reviewed by Barbara Abbs. Anne Wareham, editor Weeds, Weeding (& Darwin) by William Edmonds Barbara Abbs: Like all hands-on gardeners, much of my gardening time is spent weeding.But what is a weed?  As a novice gardener I remember  being surprised when a much more experienced horticulturalist […]

The Road To Le Tholonet by Monty Don, reviewed by Alison Levey

June 14, 2013

After the series the book, of course. Here’s Alison Levey’s reflections on Monty Don’s latest, connected in some way to his French Gardens programme. Anne Wareham, editor  Alison Levey: When asked if I wanted to review this book I had to make a confession; I had watched the BBC series ‘Monty Don’s French Gardens’ and […]



In an Irish Garden (1986) reviewed by Marie McLeish

April 11, 2013

You may wonder why we are reviewing a book which was published in 1986. Well, now that we can search and find books from any time on line, instead of only on dusty bookshelves in second hand bookshops (though that has its own charms, of course) it occurs to me there must be a lot […]

Gardens in History by Louise Wickham reviewed by Tristan Gregory

February 21, 2013

The full title of the book under review here is “Gardens in History, a political perspective” and it reminds us once again that gardens have always been for more than gardening. Thanks to Tristan for this excellent review. Anne Wareham, editor Gardens in History is a book written to emphasise the importance of gardens as […]



What are Gardens For? by Rory Stuart reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

November 22, 2012

Here is a second second review of this book, in this case by Bridget Rosewell OBE.   What are Gardens for? Visiting, Experiencing and Thinking about Gardens Rory Stuart, Frances Lincoln, 2012 Bridget Rosewell: Don’t expect an answer to the question of the title, because if you do you won’t enjoy this book.  Instead focus on […]

What are Gardens for? by Rory Stuart, reviewed by Sheppard Craige

November 22, 2012

You may well wonder why we have two reviews of Rory Stuart’s new book for thinkingardens. Well, I was given one when I had already commissioned the other. It’s not the first time thinkingardens has offered more than one perspective, and it won’t be the last. And, as you will see, Rory himself has written […]