General Gardening

  • Adagio

    Adagio is a charming treatise on slow gardening and the importance of slowing down and enjoying life.

    At the same time, it has an environmental message regarding living ethically and sustainably. This message is delivered in Trisha Dixon's inimitable style, as she seamlessly blends personal anecdote with musings and facts, drawing on her gardening background and her wide-ranging interests in philosophy, music, art, nature and the environment.

    Adagio will appeal to gardeners and dreamers alike – anyone, in fact, who yearns for a more environmentally-attune life.

    Visit Can Do Blog to see inside the book.

  • Adventurous Gardener
    In this gardening classic the adventurous Christopher Lloyd takes us on a tour through the garden, stopping to lecture here, to exhort there and to overturn the old and accepted when his experience prompts him.

    He advises on cuttings, on pruning, on top-dressing, on the art of compromise; considers the qualities of evergreen broadleaves and shrubs for mixed borders; takes another look at Miss Jekyll.

    He ponders, suggests, delves, explains and ruminates, holds up for scrutiny, always delighting you with the sharpness of his observations.
  • Armchair Book of Gardens

    This collection of text and visuals looks at gardens from many angles, celebrating their sensual, practical, spiritual, aesthetic, social and even political dimensions.

    Writers from around the world call to mind the garden in its many incarnations, sometimes light-heartedly, sometimes wittily, sometimes expressing regret or sorrow. Like a garden itself, this title blooms with a variety of exciting offerings, providing flowery fantasies, patches of wildness, sensuous surprises and satisfaction for the soul.

  • Community Gardening Handbook

    In The Community Gardening Handbook, Ben Raskin shares his keen expertise to introduce a new wave of collective self-sufficiency, encouraging a community audience to grow food and to garden together.

    A look into the background of community gardening and its benefits is followed by a practical guide: planning advice is laid out, alongside essential etiquette tips for running a successful site, and proven ideas for involving the whole neighbourhood. Add a community-minded directory of the top vegetables, flowers, fruit and herbs to plant up, with key tips on growing in containers to maximize your space, and you can get ready to dig in for a community garden that will blossom and thrive for everyone.

  • Constant Gardener
    A superbly illustrated & indispensible guide to creating, enjoying & maintaining a garden infused with the deep knowledge & insights that come from years of tending, photographing & writing about gardens, large & small. Filled with tips & titbits: eg '. . . many (UK) councils have outlawed this maligned conifer, over which there have been tens of thousands of court cases, a murder & a suicide.'

    'There are gardening books & athere are gardening books & this one is full of wonderful prose & important information to enthrall constant gardeners' The Age
  • Fairy Gardening

    Fairy gardens are enjoying an astonishing surge in popularity and now you can begin making your own enchanting miniature landscapes, complete with pint-sized accessories, diminutive plants and quaint fairy figures. Gardeners Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating a magical garden that will attract Thumbelina herself!

    Learn how to design, plant, accessorize and care for your very own small corner of the world by following seven simple steps, including choosing the perfect container, planting luxurious pint-sized plants, decorating with properly scaled accessories and telling a story through the delicate fairies you choose to inhabit your magical wonderland.

    Includes full-colour photographs showcasing various types of fairy gardens and accessories, which are sure to inspire the designer in you! And best of all, these perennial gardens are perfect for the busy gardener, as they require less than ten minutes per week to maintain.

  • Field Guide to Urban Gardening

    Field Guide to Urban Gardening helps you choose the best methods to match your unique small-space challenges and growing goals, and provides the nuts-and-bolts information you need to participate in any method you choose.

    The book gives a complete overview of small-space gardening in general, outlining the many clever strategies for growing plants in small spaces and applying a compare-and-contrast calculus to the most popular methods to help you choose which way or ways are right for you. In the process, it provides enough practical, how-to guidance that you can successfully embark on any of the many methods you choose: singly or in combination.

    Filled with high-quality photos and straightforward tutorials, Field Guide to Urban Gardening is the entry point to vegetable gardening for anyone who thought they were excluded by living in an urban area with no yard or in any residence with limited gardening space.

  • Flower Hunters
    From the Douglas fir and the monkey-puzzle tree to exotic orchids and azaleas, many of the plants that are familiar to us today were found in distant regions of the globe, and often in wild and unexplored country where hunger, disease, hostile locals, and death were very real hazards. Such specimens, smuggled home by flower hunters like Carl Linnaeus, Joseph Banks, David Douglas, Richard Spruce, and Marianne North, and laid the foundations for breakthroughs in our understanding of the natural world. This is the story of eleven of those hunters.
  • Garden

    Garden is a lavishly photographed celebration of renowned Australian landscape designer William Dangar's unique and highly creative approach to garden making and a journey through a series of 21 inspiring, emotive and lyrical gardens.

    Each garden is photographed at its optimum moment – not when newly planted, but when nature has reasserted itself and there is a certain expressiveness, a sense of wildness, breaking through the original structure and order. Each project is described through Will's frank perspective, chronicling the challenges, the planting choices, the collaborations, the relationships and the joy that make these gardens significant.

  • Garden Journal
    This trusty journal acts as a useful reminder of the seasonal tasks that need to be done. It is also an inspirational source of information, covering such topics as cottage garden favourites, foliage colour, sculptural and dramatic plants and herb and vegetable growing. And, there is plenty of space to record personal gardening details and to store recipes for cooking garden produce and other information gleaned from magazines and the Internet.
  • Garden Love

    It all began when Simon Griffiths decided that he and his whippet couldn’t live in his tiny but gorgeous one-up one-down shopfront in Albert Park any more. He had a yearning for open spaces, country air and, most importantly, a garden of his own. On finding his cottage in Meadowbank, and trialling different plants, he gradually became part of the secret gardening network. The one where cuttings are exchanged between friends and planting successes and failures are recounted over neighbourhood fences.

    Simon is a brilliant photographer, bringing warmth and joy to all his subjects, but he is also a very knowledgeable plantsman. He has captured his favourite 20 country-style gardens and shares the knowledge he has gleaned from fellow garden lovers.

    This book is like a spending a warm afternoon with friends under a tree in a country garden. This book is oh-so-Australian, in that there are riotous gardens, extraordinary plantings and green, green spaces, all set against the backdrop of the distinctive Australian landscape.

  • Garden Photography Workshop

    One of the most rewarding aspects of gardening is sharing its beauty, both physically with those who visit and virtually with those who only see it on a screen. But capturing a garden's true essence is difficult, and often the moments worth sharing are ephemeral.

    In The Garden Photography Workshop, internationally known garden photographer Andrea Jones shares the trade secrets that make her photos sing. You'll learn the basic photography skills and tips on using a range of camera equipment, covering everything from DSLRs to smartphones and accessories. Profiles of real gardens from around the world exemplify the most common problems a photographer can face, like harsh light, wet weather and cramped spaces, along with advice and techniques for addressing specific concerns.

  • Gardener's Latin

    Every gardener needs to know their Latin names. They may look confusing at first, but once you understand what certain key words mean, impenetrable-sounding and hard-to-pronounce species names are suddenly demystified.

    Many Latin names hide the secrets of where a plant is found, its colour, flowering times, leaf pattern, natural habitat and all sorts of other information that's extremely useful to the gardener: if you want a plant for a shady place, choose one with a name ending in sylvestris ('of woods'), while if your garden is dry, look out for the suffix epigeios ('of dry places').

    More than just a dictionary of plant names, this fascinating book explains the meaning of hundreds of Latin plant terms, grouped into handily themed sections such as plants that are named after famous women, plants that are named after the shape of their leaves, plants that are named after their fragrance or the time of year that they flower.

    You'll learn that Digitalis purpurea (the common foxglove) is purple, that the sanguineum in Geranium sanguineum means 'bloody' (its common name is the bloody cranesbill), and to steer clear of any plant whose Latin name ends in infestus.

  • Gardening for Beginners

    A charming introduction to gardening for absolute beginners, with simple instructions for plants that anyone can grow – even without a garden!

    Step-by-step illustrated instructions show children how to grow flowers, herbs and food such as sunflowers, lettuce and even potatoes. A wonderful introduction to gardening and where food comes from.

    Recommended for ages 6+.

  • Gardening Lab for Kids

    A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature.

    This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings.

    Author Renata Fossen Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons are open-ended to be explored over and over-with different results each time!

    Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. So, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!

  • Gardening Through the Year in Australia New Edition

    Gardening Through the Year in Australia takes you systematically through the year, each chapter looking in-depth at one month at a time.

    A handy 'To Do' list, along with 'Last Chance' reminders and 'Get Ahead' tips, gives you an overview of the month’s tasks, followed by an inspirational gallery of 'Star Plants' to showcase the visual highlights of the month. The rest of each chapter is packed with advice on plant care, maintaining garden features and what to prune when, with illustrated step-by-step projects and gardening ideas. A photographic A–Z appendix of nearly 350 plants provides detailed information on growing habit and care.

    This updated edition features brand-new visual galleries that showcase a gardening year at-a-glance, with inspirational ideas for achieving colour, scent or eye-catching foliage in your garden for every month of the year. Each month has updated 'Weather Watch' and plant care information. Packed with essential gardening advice, this is the must-have book for new gardeners and a trusty reference for old hands.

  • Gardening with Biochar

    Biochar, charcoal made from wood or another type of biomass, has become the new darling of organic gardeners, embraced for its outstanding abilities to enrich the soil and improve plant growth. Gardening with Biochar is the first comprehensive guide to understanding, making and using it effectively in the home garden.

    Long-time garden writer Jeff Cox explains what biochar is and provides detailed instructions for how it can be made at home, along with specific guidelines for using it to enrich soil, prevent erosion and enhance plant growth.

  • Greenhorns
    A community of more than 5000 young farmers and activists are committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth.

    This comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational.

    Funny, sad, serious and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building and social change.
  • Grumpy Gardener's Handbook
    Gardening is supposed to be fun, but for Ivor Grump his "extra room outside" is a large pain in the petunias. Keeping the garden tidy is a constant battle with the elements, a war waged against garden pests, irritating neighbours and small children. Amble down the garden path with Ivor and the things that make him really mad: gardening programmes, rhubarb, bonfires, weather forecasters, gnomes, posh wellies, bulb planters, goldfish, seed packets, the Chelsea Flower, oh, and his wife. Don't forget to smell the roses Ivor! A humorous forum of failure…
  • How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Supplies
    Jim Fox answers the key questions gardeners face on a visit to their local nursery. He helps you assess your own garden conditions and pick the plants that will thrive there by decoding the information on plant price tags.

    You will learn to recognise the healthiest plants, chose the tools to establish them and keep their new plants thriving once they're home.