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I don't subscribe to GW I must admit - I seem to buy it quite randomly (lots of train travel) and looking back over the last issues purchased its dawned  on me it would have actually been cheaper to subscribe,

Books are a different matter though; I cant think there's been a presenter or contributer  of GW whose books I haven't bought.. Sadly most seem to end up as door stops. I seem to hate technical books and enjoy those which have a story or personal touch.. Monty Don and C Kleins diary types being the most recent (I have enjoyed) though I still think Montys old DK book was the best... Hell I even enjoyed a couple of Alan Ts books until I realised I was reading in his voice and threw it at the cat in horror.

I'm a sucker for "gardens Illustrated" for the same reasons - Its un technical but seems to have more ideas and inspiration in two photos than GW ever offers, but then again it didn't give me half price entry to some of the best gardens in the country and more inspiration than could ever be captured in pics..

Just wondering then ..

What do you like



The series of books by Martyn Rix and Roger Phillips, Shrubs, Early Perennials, LatePerennials and lots more including the splendid Mushrooms which has helped me ID lots of the fungi around the garden, Very good for a browse if you're looking for a new plant.

Christopher Lloyd wrote some good books early on but some of the later ones were rather empty. Lots of pretty and not many words. A shame as CL was a master of words.

.Rather the opposite from you.I don't think there's a single TV presenter whose books I have bought 

Scott Edwards

I have far too many gardening books! A result of living too close to RHS Wisley. 

Alan Titchmarsh's 'The Complete How to be a gardener' probably comes off the bookshelf more than any other for my day to day gardening.

For inspiration, I love Penelope Hothouse's books 'On Gardening' and 'Garden Designs.' Also really liked Stephanie Cohen & Nancy Ondra's 'The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer.' 


A lovely client gave me Nigel Slater's 2 volume 'Tender' which talks about growing and cooking fruit and veg; brilliant, though I do find his manner slightly odd on television. 'How does your garden grow' by Chris Beardshaw.

I didn't know at the time that C. Beardshaw was a t.v. person; but it hasn't turned me against his book

Scott Edwards

I won't buy a book simply because it's by a TV presenter but I won't snub them either. Just depends what the books about and if I think there's a better book on the same topic available.


Victoria Sponge

I subscribe to GW, garden news and amateur gardening (which sometimes seem like the same mag) but garden answers is my favourite.

I also took the limited offer on gardens illustrated but I'm binning that one.

Books wise I've got the Alan Titchmarsh 'how to' ones and the rhs encyclopaedia and I feel like I should like them...but I don't 

My favourite books are the rspbs gardening for wildlife, plants for bees and Collins British wild flowers which is the best guide I've ever seen.

Scott Edwards wrote (see)

I won't buy a book simply because it's by a TV presenter but I won't snub them either. Just depends what the books about and if I think there's a better book on the same topic available.


I don't snub them, it's just that none of them have written my book yet

Scott Edwards

Not suggesting you would snub them, Nut. Just saying that I don't deliberately avoid them myself.

Monty don the jewel garden and the complete gardener carol Klein's grow your own veg anything by alys fowler and the cottage gardener Geoff Hamilton you can't go wrong with these tombs of horticultural excellence 


Delightful Freudian slip there - or shall we blame Auto-correct? 

I have Christopher Lloyds's The Well-chosen Garden and Alan T's more recent book, which was a prize on one of the GW competitiions, but I've not read it yet and the name escapes me.  I've also got an elderly vegetable book by Percy Thrower and an even older one which belonged to my gardening granny - most of the rest are plant reference books - RHS etc. and piles and piles and piles of The Garden and GW. 


I used to buy GW every month, but we now get 'Which Gardening' mag included with OH's 'Which' subscription I'm more selective when I buy GW.  I have a small number of books - including Dr Hessayon 'Expert' series, RHS plant encyclopaedia - which I have refered to for many years.  My most recent book acquisition (a present from my mum  ) is 'Gardening in Pyjamas' by Helen Yemm.  Its written in an amusing informal style and addresses all the basics of gardening.  However, my usual source of info now is this forum - have learned so much just by visiting this site.  



I subscribe to GW.  I used to subscribe to 'Digital Photographer' but after a few years variations on previous articles became more and more common so I cancelled.


Place That Plant by Frances Welland.

Pages and pages of photos of plants and the best place for them to grow successfully.

Divided into sections such as Plants for Lime Free/Acid soils,

Plants for shady places, Plants for dry places etc.etc.

I am always referring to it.

I get GW but am thinking of changing as each year seems a repeat of the one before.

Also started to subscribe to Kitchen Garden at the beginning of the year, it a good read if you grow lots of veg. I can easily be drawn though to any gardening mag if the seeds on offer are something I'd like to grow so sometimes buy a random mag.

I've lots of veg/fruit growing books which are regularly referred back to but some are first or second editions and growing changes, now I tend to buy one's which are more specific, just bought two RHS books, one about propogation, the other on problems in the garden about pests and stuff.  


Scott Edwards

Place that plant by Frances Welland sounds good to me. I will look out for it! Thanks for the recommendation, Forester2.

Bob Flowerdew - "The no work garden". Found it remaindered in a shop at Bicester and bought it to read while OH was shopping for Britain. Full of good sensible advice.


Scott Edwards - Place That Plant is available new on Amazon but there are quite a lot of used ones on eBay  that are cheap as chips.  One like mine (hardback) is listed by baham books for something like £2.54 with free p&p.

subscribe to gw, sometimes get amateur gardener waiting for free copy of gardens illustrated, books i like new 'how to ' range by a.t got roses, gardening in shade, climbers and garden design

The 500 Best Garden Plants by Patrick Taylor is really useful: a kind of plant 'edit' so you don't have to wade through too much information to begin with (also he lives near me so I know what kind of weather he is talking about)

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