Book Review: The Crafted Garden

It is always exciting to get an email from Frances Lincoln Limited asking if I would be interested in reviewing a book due to be released. This time it was The Crafted Hour written by Louise Curley with photographs by Jason Ingram.

Louise Curley, also wrote The Cut Flower Patch, a book I reviewed in February 2014.


I like books with matt textured covers, which this one has.  It is a comfortable size also, measuring 24cms (9.5″) by 19cms (7.5″).  It is fully of stylish projects inspired by nature in a good font size with detailed and  interesting photographs.

This is a book not only fully of 50 craft ideas, with step-by-step instructions using flowers and twigs from your garden and the hedgerows, it also covers lots of other things such as key plants, themes, growing plants and saving seeds.   A useful full book not only for handicraft ideas.    It’s like following a recipe book with ingredients, detailed photos to follow so you know what you are making is supposed to look like whilst making it and a photo of the finished product. 

With Christmas coming up this book would make a very welcome present.

The Crafted Garden was published by Frances Lincoln Limited on 3 September 2015

READER’S OFFER

To order The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley at the discounted price of £13.99 including p&p* (RRP: £16.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG355.

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Book Review : First Ladies of Gardening. 

Thank you Frances Lincoln Press for sending me The First Ladies in Gardening to review.  I am a little late with this post, the book was published on 5 March 2015.



The first thing that struck me was the fabulous photo of Himalayan blue poppies and purple aquilegia on the end papers.  I wanted to stop before I had even begun to take in the beautiful photograph by Marianne Majerus.  Just the first of many photos in the book.

On turning the pages I knew this was going to be a book to linger over and savour.  I only got as far as the first couple of pages before dwelling a while on the next photo, and make notes of ideas. 

The First Ladies of Gardening, written by Heidi Howcroft, explores the influential role of women garden designers on English gardens, particularly their own gardens.  The first garden is the glorious Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire, originally owned by Gertrude Jekyll and restored by Rosamund Wallinger. 

The book has two sections, chapters about “Pioneers of Design” with gardens such as Waterperry (Beatrix Havergal)  Sissinghurst (Vita Sackville-West) and Beth Chatto’s garden.  The second section is “New Directions” featuring newer and less well known gardeners including Sue Whittington’s London garden and Helen Dillon’s garden in Ireland. 

It is packed with informative details about the gardens, the history, how they are laid out and the specialities of each garden such as the vignettes at Kiftsgate Court, along with the famous ‘Kiftsgate’ rambling rose.  I particularly liked the list of signature plants at the end of each chapter.

I have been luck enough to have visited a number of the gardens but now have added a few more to my “must visit” list. 

This is not a small book by any means, definitely one for the coffee table to be browsed through at leisure.  Whilst you may not buy this for yourself, it would make a wonderful present for anyone who loves gardens.  In fact, it would even whet the appetite of those who have yet to discover the joy of beautiful and interesting gardens. 

The publishers Frances Lincoln have very kindly given me a reader’s offer,  to order First Ladies of Gardening at the discounted price of £16 including p&p* (RRP: £20), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG290. 

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