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World Book Day


World book day gardening books

Just a few of Sara’s favourites.

As World Book Day approaches  – it’s on Thursday March 5th – we’re certainly not short of reading material on Our Flower Patch , having been the lucky recipients of several garden-related books to review. Sara went to the launch of Charles Dowding’s latest book at the Garden Museum in London recently and Cally has been working her way through a series of exciting, new and beautifully illustrated books. Keep your eyes peeled here for reviews over the coming weeks before the business of sowing begins in earnest and you are spending every spare moment tending your seedlings rather than reading in front of the fire.

To celebrate the day itself Cally’s daughter is dressing up as Scout (To Kill a Mocking Bird). There are sure to be several well known literary characters masquerading as teachers at school. Cally even gardened as the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’ once. This year however we are marking the occasion with a give away. You could be the lucky recipient of a copy of Georgie Newbery’s book on flower farming. In case you missed it first time around here is Sara’s review of this popular and beautifully photographed guide to the Somerset flower farmer’s patch.

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on a copy, all you have to do is subscribe to our blog and leave a comment here telling us what is your favourite gardening book. By subscribing to the blog, you’ll be sure never to miss out on hints. tips, reviews and giveaways for the school gardener or home flower farmer. It’s a win win situation. We’ll pick a winner at random on March 20th and publish the name of the lucky recipient here. (You must live in the UK to be eligible for this competition)

Tell us. What’s your recommendation for World Book Day for gardeners?


Our Flower Patch reviews The Flower Farmer's year by Georgie Newbery.

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10 thoughts on “World Book Day

  1. The Secret Garden is a favourite book for me, would have to try gardening in some sort of Victorian child’s frock, a white frilly apron always seemed to be essential but wouldn’t fare well in my muddy patch!

  2. My husband gave me Dream Plants for the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf & Henkel Gerrittsen and not only is it a really gorgeous book it is a fantastic guide to some of the most reliable and low maintenance perennials for a naturalistic look and a feast for wildlife. It has totally transformed my plans for my garden and given many hours of pleasant dreaming about the day my garden is full to bursting with these dream plants.

  3. I think I would have to choose James Fenton’s ‘A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed’ (Viking, 2001). “Not a book about huge projects [but] about thinking your way towards an essential flower-garden, by the most traditional of routes: planting some seeds and seeing how they grow…” An unexpected book (in that Fenton’s first and foremost a poet, and an excellent one), but one full of delights and insights, and the sheer joy of growing plants.
    Or ‘The Urban Gardener’ (Orion, 1999) – a collection of articles by the wonderful and much-missed Elspeth Thompson, to which I return endlessly – as I do to Monty Don’s ‘My Roots’ (Hodder, 2005) – another collection of what were originally newspaper columns.
    That’s three choices: I am being greedy and will stop now.

    • Three very interesting choices too! I particularly like the sound of the James Fenton book. I know I’m always hard pushed to pick just one favourite amongst my books! Thank you for entering our competition. Sara

  4. I am biased, But I am sure you can guess mine ;))

  5. The copy of The Flower Farmer’s Year has been won by Jan Willetts. Congratulations Jan, and thank you to everyone who entered.

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