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The Hamlyn Encyclopedia of Gardening
Book
Review
Richard Wright
25 March 2002

Hamlyn EncyclopediaThe Hamlyn Encyclopedia of Gardening is a comprehensive book that would be useful for anyone seeking a guide to planning and designing their garden. Priced at £14.99 it is good value as it contains a wealth of practical information and advice, is well illustrated and easy to follow. In short whether you are an expert or a determined amateur it is a one stop guide for good gardening advice.

The book is divided into three sections – gardening techniques, plants and gardens and a plant dictionary. The first section gives the reader a basic understanding of factors such as climate and soil conditions, and also takes into account the structural fabric of pathways and boundaries. These will determine the design, as will the lifestyle and needs of the people using the garden. The modern garden is seen as an outdoor living space where people want to spend less time on gardening chores and more on planning colour schemes and enjoying their valuable leisure time. The author offers advice on how to make the most of your garden, with suggestions for plants that will tolerate specific problem areas such as wet, shaded or sea-side gardens.

A number of specific design features are described, including gardens for children or disabled people. Gardening techniques are covered such as training and pruning, propagation and growing under glass, and the author even suggests the essential tools you will need. The second half of the book describes how different types of plants should be grown, from the fruit and vegetable garden to bedding plants and annual and herbaceous climbers. A chapter is devoted to each group of plants and possible combinations, from roses to ornamental grasses. This information is supported by an excellent and extensive A to Z directory of 6000 plants. A good read and good value for a reference book that will last any gardener a long time.

Title Hamlyn Encyclopaedia of Gardening
Author Stefan Buczacki
Publisher Hamlyn
Price £14.99

 

 

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