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Gardeners' World: Flowers: Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour [Paperback]

Toby Buckland
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1 Mar 2012

Over two years the professionals at Gardeners’ World created a series of beautiful flower gardens from a disused playing field in Birmingham. Here Toby Buckland reveals how you can adopt the tried and tested methods used at Gardeners’ World to create your own year-round flower garden in this beautifully illustrated guide to the flower gardens at Greenacre.

Split into achievable front and back garden plots, the Greenacre gardens accommodate a range of designs, aspects and plant-types, from a luscious twilight garden for evening scent and nectar-filled bee border to attract beneficial wildlife, to a hardy coastal garden to show what you can do with very dry soil. Toby talks through the concept, planting and maintenance requirements of each garden, describing every flower in full and assessing the environmental benefits of each one. And he expertly demonstrates how to make bespoke feature projects such as cobble paths and bee boxes.

Filled with stunning flower photography and expert guidance, this inspirational and practical book is the culmination of two years of gardening at Greenacre and enables lovers of flowers to bring a little of the Gardeners’ World magic to their own gardens.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846078660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846078668
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,747,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An inspiring, practical guide to the stunning Gardeners’ World flower gardens at Greenacre, from the gardening expert and former presenter who created them, Toby Buckland

About the Author

Toby Buckland is a qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster and a lifelong gardener. Known for his earthy, hands-on style, Toby is an acknowledged all-rounder with that rare ability to make gardening accessible to all. His career has taken him from Devon nurseryman, to professional gardener and on to presenting numerous TV shows, including BBC Gardeners’ World. He is an award-winning designer, taking RHS Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2008. He also lectures and writes for a variety of horticultural journals and newspapers, including The Guardian and Daily Mail.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuous color, continuing joy. 11 April 2011
This book makes you feel Toby is standing beside you, guiding you through eleven creative ideas from Greenacre in your own garden. His refreshing style encompasses a whole year's worth of practical, no nonsense advice that gets results. The gorgeous planting and wonderful photos are a taster of the summer to come and there are loads of really helpful tips, including the one that saved me from disposing of a Plumbago on p218! Out in time to plant up for this summer, I am looking forward to reaping the rewards from using Toby's knowhow in my own garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great find 14 April 2011
I am always on the look out for good plant books. I brought this book after reading a positive review in a gardening magazine. It didn't disappoint, it's a gem of a book, have lots of new ideas for my garden.
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Buckland's prose style is clear, precise and charmingly evocative of the plants & flowers that his green-fingers have lovingly tended.

This BBC programme (GARDENERS' WORLD) tie-in book is a definitive account of the programme's Birmingham-based garden (Green Acre) as it was cultivated by Buckland and the GW Team. Each chapter covers a different soil type or location (say, dry shade) to ensure that it is comprehensive for any reader planning their own garden.

The photography is superbly presented; a confection of colour. The text is written without too much 'flourish', focussing on the practical exercise of planning, cultivation and maintenance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpfull Gardening 28 May 2013
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I found this book helpful in planning and planting a cottage style garden for continued flowering through the summer season.
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