CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Santa's page-turners

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Santa’s page-turners

  • UK expert Ciar Byrne picks out her top page-turners for gardeners 
  • READ MORE: CIAR BYRNE’s festive finds for the gardener in your life

Things to Do With Plants: 50 Ways To Connect With The Botanical World 

by Emma Crawforth (Kew Publishing, £18) 

How we all rely on the extraordinary qualities of plants from the basics of food and clothing to inspiring creativity. 

The Cottage Garden 

by Claus Dalby (Cool Springs Press, £28) 

Explores the influence of gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll, Vita ­Sackville-West and William Robinson, and offers plenty of advice on how to incorporate their ideas into your own space. 

L-R: The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby (Cool Springs Press, £28); The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby (Cool Springs Press, £28)

Monty Don (pictured) aims to show a new generation how joyful gardening can be

The Gardening Book 

by Monty Don (BBC Books, £28) 

Monty aims to show a new generation how joyful gardening can be with straightforward advice on how to grow flowers, food, shrubs and houseplants. 

Miss Willmott’s Ghosts 

by Sandra Lawrence (Blink, £10.99) 

The extraordinary story of the horticulturist Ellen Willmott, famed for sprinkling sea holly seeds in the gardens of people she didn’t like. 

Chatsworth: The Gardens And The People Who Made Them 

by Alan Titchmarsh (Ebury, £35) 

With stunning photography by Jonathan Buckley, Alan is the perfect guide to the eccentric characters behind the gardens of the Palace of the Peak. 

Chatsworth: The Gardens And The People Who Made Them by Alan Titchmarsh (Ebury, £35)

What Makes A Garden 

by Jinny Blom (Frances Lincoln £35) 

The top landscape designer explores why we grow plants and offers a glimpse into her work. 

Planting A Paradise: A Year Of Pots And Pollinators 

by Arthur Parkinson (Octopus, £22) 

Parkinson shows how it is possible to create a colourful haven in the smallest of gardens using containers filled with beefriendly muscari, narcissi, dahlias, figs, and crab apples. 

Not Another Jungle 

by Tony Le-Britton (DK, £16.99) 

The leading influencer gives comprehensive advice on how to care for unusual indoor plants. 

L-R: What Makes A Garden by Jinny Blom (Frances Lincoln £35); How Plants Can Save Your Life by Dr Ross Cameron (Quercus, £25)

How Plants Can Save Your Life 

by Dr Ross Cameron (Quercus, £25) 

Packed with ideas on how plants can boost our well-being, from growing a window box filled with Mediterranean herbs for vitality, to using flowers and foliage in blues, whites and greens to chill out. 

The National Trust ­Gardener’s Almanac 2024 

by Greg Loades (National Trust Books, £9.99) 

Tips and trivia for every season as well as a head gardener’s job of the month. 

RHS Garden Almanac 2024 (Frances Lincoln, £14.99)

RHS Garden Almanac 2024 

(Frances Lincoln, £14.99) 

The first almanac from the Royal Horticultural Society, with information on folklore, how the phases of the moon affect wildlife and weather in your area. 

Gardening With Winter Plants 

by Tony Hall (Kew Publishing, £30) 

A comprehensive guide to winter bulbs, berries, shrubs, and trees by the Kew experts.

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