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hi, buds i'm a newbie really, everything i've learned is from here, gw programme, and the newish alan titchmarsh 'how to' books, got 5 in series, sit and read when little ones feeding / napping i think they're excellent really easy to follow
You need the gardener's bible - RHS A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.
There's a whole range of books by these 2, perennials, annuals, bulbs etc. Good illustrations and where they come from which gives a good indication of what they need.
Also Christopher Lloyd, earlier books rather than later, very informative and a good read.
and Bamboogie's RHS book
To Bamboogies suggestion I would definitely add the RHS Encyclopaedia of Gardening too...........immensely useful.
Maybe a good idea is to go to your public library and look at their books. Once you have found something that appeals to you in its style and content, then it is worth buying your own - or asking for it as a gift come birthdays or whatever. Many gardening books are very expensive, and some just not suitable for everyone - as yet, libraries are free - and if we don't use them they will disappear.
Love the way you think Bookertoo
Hi Buds, I am a newcomer like many on here and I have got some of my best books from our local charity shops - including RHS, Readers' Digest and Dr Hessayon's stuff - usually for about 50p or £1 each. Newer books such as some of the ones mentioned by others above here have been on my birthday and Christmas lists and I too recommend the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Plants - I read it nearly every night like a saddo! Enjoy and good luck - I admire and envy your career change, wish I had the courage!
The RHS Encyclopedia; 2 volumes, keeps my biceps in trim as I consult them often. The only prob; new plants are being developed all the time. So when I go mad and buy something; the actual plant is not in the book, only it's relatives.
I'm sure some enterprising 14 year old will develop an 'app' that constantly updates the RHS plant books
For veg; 'The vegetable and plant expert'
For lawns; get a husband and let him deal with it! Otherwise have a tiny lawn.
I agree with Bamboogie the R.H.S Dictionary A to Z is the ultimate reference book.If you are serious, worth the money.
Good for you Buds......both for your career change and for using the library
PS.........when you own your own Nursery/Landscape Gardening business, I do So hope you will remember your friends here
Beth Chattos series of books are good to study for what to plant in dry area, or damp areas, etc. Also I love anything by Christopher Lloyd.
DK books publish three books which I have RHS Good plant guide, RHS Plants for Places, RHS Pruning guide they are pocket size too so would fit in your butty bag. They are very informative. I keep the pruning guide in my car all the time as occasionally I would come across a shrub or tree that I hadn't pruned before, now there isn't many trees and shrubs that I haven't pruned in customer's gardens. Having the pruning guide will ensure your pruning at the right time and how much to take off. You can pick some good books up cheap at car boot sales. The RHS also have a good website.
By the way I career changed a few years back, I do Garden Maintenance and Landscaping. Best decision I made you get great satisfaction from making peoples gardens look great. My season started last spring has not stopped right the way through this winter as it's been so mild I haven't had the usual drop in the workload so it has been really great. Also if you believe the powers that be we are supposed to be having a better summer than the last one.
I agree RHS books are excellent and can be bought relatively cheap from charity shops , personally if you have an Oxfam book shop these are particularly good also don't forget Libraries
however somebody mentioned hands on and I feel that's essential
best of luck
Just an idea - I have seen boxes full of RHS reference books at auction houses when they sell off the contents of a house following someone's demise. These boxes tend to sell for peanuts - you may not want all the books in the box but it's often still cheaper to buy the boxful and keep the books you want and take the rest to the charity shop.
If the sale is from the home of a keen gardener you may find garden tools being sold too.
just got an rhs encyclopedia of plants and flowers for £2.99 from ebay hop not awfully out of date