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Gardeners' World Top Tips [Hardcover]

Louise Hampden
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16 Oct 2008

Top Tips is a charming accompaniment to the daytime Gardeners' World strand that collects the most fascinating and useful hints and tips from 40 years of Gardeners' World, to help you make the very best of your garden.

Divided into chapters covering Flowers, Food, Containers, Design and a miscellaneous 'Something For the Weekend' section, Top Tips will teach you how to make the most of classic British blooms, how to propagate exotic plants in our cool climate, the pots to plant them in and the food they'll need to help them grow. It will help you make the most of small gardens and tackle wide open spaces, to attract ladybirds and slugs as an organic army to fight flies and aphids, and to grow the plumpest, juiciest fruits and vegetables on your doorstep.

All this is presented in a classic, elegant format, with fine line drawings illustrating the snippets of invaluable gardening know-how that will make the perfect gift for your green-fingered friends to dip into.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846076188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846076183
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hints, tips and garden ideas from TV's longest running and most popular gardening programme, Gardeners' World

About the Author

Louise Hampden has had a lifelong interest in gardening. After qualifying in horticulture and garden design at Berkshire College of Agriculture, she started her own garden design business and has since been involved in several television series, including Gardening from Scratch. She is the producer of Gardeners' World.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been oh so much better 15 Dec 2008
By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First impressions are favourable. It's hardback with a rather jolly dustjacket harking back to simpler times in the garden. Even the snail on the cover looks friendly. It's written by Louise Hampden - Gardeners' World's producer and announces itself as `Hints, tips and wisdom from TV's longest running and most popular gardening programme...' She's worked on the programme for the past 10 years, so knows the programme and the last few crops of presenters inside out. It's a tie-in with a 20 part daytime TV series (started 1st December 2008) but there's no mention of this fact in the book itself.

It's divided into 5 chapters - Flower Power, Food, Design, Pots and Gardens. Flower Power is further divided by season and looks at how to ensure year-round floral interest in the garden. Several of the book's shortcomings quickly become apparent: a lot of the content whilst interesting, isn't really tips at all - there's potted histories, quotations from famous gardeners (not necessarily Gardeners' World presenters) and plant trivia. The `Top Tips' themselves (helpfully boxed, with a different font and background, so you can't miss them) are often pitched at the pre-beginner level. I suspect most of the gardeners whom I believe this book is aimed at will feel a bit short changed. For a book that's meant to be culled from 40 years of Gardeners' World wisdom, it's strange there's not more tips to share, nor is there much in the way of anecdotes or content attribution to the presenters. I often found the best `Top Tips' were in the non-boxed sections, for example there's an organic slug repellent recipe I'd love to try using garlic. And that's when I met another of the book's shortcomings - there isn't an index to find the useful bits at a later date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tips rather than Top tips 9 Mar 2010
A useful and interesting if poorly arranged collection of gardening tips but it hardly does credit to the BBC's Gardener's World. With today's availability of indexing specialists and software the absence of an index in a book delivering information looks like laziness. The inclusion of a page on planting by the moon complete with a claimed explanation of how it works is unfortunate. On the other hand the casual browser will find a wide range of interesting snippets throughout the book. The largest chapter, of 64 pages, is devoted to food plants which is topical in these days of grow-your-own to reduce food miles. Other chapters are on flowers, garden design, pots, and finally, a list of some 40 English gardens to visit sorted by their speciality. Worth the money but with a little more effort, or some pressure from an editor, it could have been significantly better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the cover 29 Dec 2013
By PGraham
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I ordered this book because I had borrowed it from the library and came to the end of my renewal allowance. It was full of such good information and the title is spot on where top tips are concerned. The information layout on each page makes it easy to read and with the top tips highlighted it can be used for quick reference, or enjoyed in more depth with the information inside it. A good price for a good little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Tips 21 Dec 2011
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Such a good little reference book. It has helped a lot with minor problems and even if there is not a problem it is a good read. For someone starting out on the gardening road or a present for a seasoned gardener this book is a must.
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