Top Ten Gardening Books for Winter Reading

I don’t care if the internet is the latest big thing! Books still rule and the web helps books sell. Don’t tell me the printed word is dead! I simply don’t believe it, my collection of published gardening books stagnated for a while but has recently grown from strength to strength.

Whilst I love to Google the latest advise or gardening tips, I also love to pick up a book. My bedside lamp rests on a stack of gardening books ( Once a student always a …)  and I often fall asleep with my favourite gardening book at my side. I have books for Winter, Spring, Summer and books for Autumn so I thought I would take the opportunity to share them with you.

If your looking out at your Garden and it lacks colour and interest then your going to need my top gardening winter read…

No 1. Colour in the Winter Garden by Graham Stuart Thomas.

2. The Well-Tempered Garden by Christopher Lloyd

3. The Head gardeners Survival guide by Alan Sargent

4. RHS Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers by Christopher Brickell

5. RHS Botany for Gardeners edited by Geoff Hodge and Simon Maughan, Mitchell Beazley.

6. Beth Chatto Gardens – Colour in the Winter Garden

7. The Gardens of England: Treasures of the National Gardens Scheme.

8. A Gardeners guide to Hellebores

9. Gardens of the National Trust

10. Roger Phillips, Mushrooms, Ferns, Roses etc



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  1. I agree – I love a good book in my hands. Many of the books I read these days are technical – so by the time a book hits the bookstores, it could be out of date. For that reason, the internet is my friend!

    My wife has a few beautiful gardening books that are coffee table books – i just wish I had the time to create such masterpieces!

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