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My Cool Allotment: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Allotments and Community Gardens [Hardcover]

Lia Leendertz
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8 April 2013 My Cool
An allotment is one of the best - and cheapest ways - of getting hold of valuable gardening space to grow your own produce, along with being sociable places, great for meeting like-minded people. This stylish book is the fifth title in the highly successful My Cool series and is packed with gorgeous photography and plenty of planting advice. The book takes a peak at allotments and community gardens from all walks of life: from the historic Edgbaston Guinea Gardens in Birmingham, the hortillonnages or floating gardens in Amiens to an artist's rooftop garden in Brussels. Themes include Historic, A Feast of Flowers, Community, Growing inside the Box, Edible Jungle, Food from Home, By Water, Fruit and a Quick Getaway.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (8 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059665
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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real gardeners making Britain beautiful --New Review, The Independent on Sunday

The book captures the spirit and variety of allotmenting right now. Read it, see how other people are doing it, and find inspiration. --Gardens Illustrated magazine, May issue

quirky and inspirational that presents the diversity and richness of today s allotment culture --Garden Design Journal

About the Author

Lia is a freelance garden writer who shares an allotment with several friends near her home in Bristol. A regular contributor to The Guardian and The Telegraph, she is a long-time advocate of organic and community growing, and has written many books on the subject. She has an award-winning blog, Midnight Brambling. An award-winning writer and photographer, Mark Diacono led the garden team at River Cottage and appearing in the TV series, Mark continues to run courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He was Garden Journalist of the Year at the Garden Media Awards in 2011 and has collaborated with Lia Leendertz on previous books.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really lovely book full of intriguing plots 17 April 2013
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Intriguing plots, though not in a Miss Marple way. Yep, this is a wonderful collection of some of Britain's finest, wonkiest, most eccentric and just most colourful allotments and (best of all) allotment holders. There are allotments in here that have been in the same family for 65 years, allotments totally devoted to flowers, allotments run as forest gardens, allotments producing professional-level-jam, allotments run by a load of families sharing, allotments dug by one lonely old man.

The photos are really, really beautiful, and in some ways they dominate the book - some of the images are just so delectable you could look at them for ages. Mark Diacono who took the pictures has himself done a number of good books ( Fruit (River Cottage Handbook No. 9), A Taste of the Unexpected ) and he has a great eye for a wonderful pic, capturing produce and charming allotment holders with equal skill.

But the text is good too!!! Lia Leendertz wrote it, and she combines enthusiasm with great passion for allotments, clearly digging (ha ha) the actual philosophical idea behind the movement, as well as the transient beauty these plots provide each growing season.

A lovely book - I think a great gift, because it's very pretty to look at, with a substantial hard cover and nice weighty paper. But also one to order for yourself and enjoy having a flick. It won't tell you how to run an allotment, but it's very very lovely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced book 18 April 2013
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As the previous reviewer has said this book is beautifully produced, with fabulous photographs that are really inspirational. Although it's not a 'how to grow' book, the pictures and information are inspiring if you have an allotment or garden. It covers traditional allotments, workplace gardens, edible bus stops, permaculture, flowers and many different types of growing environments. Overall fab book with lots of ideas if only the weather would play ball!
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 28 May 2013
By David
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This was a very enjoyable and encouraging read. More than a coffee table book this shows thou what can be done with a small plot.
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Saw this at an RHS shop but sadly had to buy it online and half the cost! great book to dip into and now you want to go and visit them all!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Pics but liitle content 4 July 2013
By KellyJ
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I liked the pictures, which did inspire on a couple of occassions, but lacked genuine content about allotmenteering. Nice coffee table piece
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