Book Reviews



“You Should Have Been Here Last Week” by Tim Richardson reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

March 2, 2017

This is one of those (few) books every thinkingardener wants to have to read in the bath. Anne Wareham, editor.           ‘You Should Have Been Here Last Week – Sharp Cuttings from a Garden Writer’ Bridget Rosewell: Did you know that John Denham wrote a poem in 1642 immortalising Cooper’s Hill, […]

Another lovely coffee table book: Monet’s Garden in Art reviewed by Paul Steer

February 12, 2016

Well, I’ve heard of quite a few people disappointed by Giverny.  Maybe they’d do better to buy this book and enjoy renderings of the original garden on the page. Or not..? Anne Wareham, editor Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. ~Claude Monet Paul Steer: Monet’s Garden in Art by Debra N. Mancoff. Publisher – […]



Paradise Gardens by Toby Musgrave, reviewed by Tristan Gregory

December 10, 2015

Well, it’s getting near to Christmas and you’re still not sure what you want for Christmas. You have your own copy of Outwitting Squirrels and half a dozen extra copies for various stockings and for that emergency when someone gives you a totally unexpected present. You’ve a long wait for Anne’s next book (Yes, it’s […]

Garden Magic by George Carter. Reviewed by Ann Hawkins

October 8, 2015

Here’s a garden designer I really admire and enjoy. This is his latest book, Garden Magic, reviewed by Ann Hawkins. Apologies for fuzzy pictures – you’ll  just have to buy the book…or visit George Carter’s website)             Garden Magic by George Carter The overwhelming feeling I get when leafing through […]



Meet the Laidees – a book review by Katherine Crouch

June 22, 2015

What is it with gardening that it seems determined to be stuck in a genteel 1950s? I couldn’t believe this title. But it has one of the very best photographers, so I thought we ought to have a look. Anne Wareham, editor.           First Ladies of Gardening:  Pioneer designers and dreamers. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]



An interesting book review by Abbie Jury

September 17, 2012

I haven’t named the book which is the subject of this review yet on purpose. Most of our readers are still from the UK so you might assume this book will not be especially interesting to you. But I think the review may be. It raises an issue which has bothered me for many years […]