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Rejuvenating a Garden [Hardcover]

Stephen Anderton
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30 Sep 1998
Illustrated with before-and-after photographs, this is a step-by-step guide for amateur gardeners who have a garden in need of rejuvenation. The book suggests what to keep, what to respect, what to rescue and what to rip out, and is divided into three sections: planning the garden, revitalizing the garden, and a detailed pruning directory with advice for reviving shrubs, trees and lawns.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (30 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856262766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856262767
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 23.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At first sight the non-gardener is likely to wonder whether the cover of Rejuvenating a Garden represents a garden in need of rejuvenation, or the rejuvenated result. Flick through, and the response depends on whether or not you're a novice or aficionado. Green fingered experts will be thrilled at the amount of information provided by journalist and award winning gardening expert Stephen Anderton. But anyone in hope of a glossy coffee table book full of pretty designer gardens, or some basic makeover tips and inspiration could be baffled.

With most of the photos looking like National Trust land, and before and after examples resembling conversions from forests to parks, aspiring gardeners with an average detached house might be put off. Even the weeds featured here look more like exotic plants. However, Rejuvenating a Garden is an indispensable bible for gardening experts, including professionals.

Divided into a section on "Where to Start" (assessing every element from fertility to frost-pockets) and "Doing the Job" (from clearing old hard landscape to getting rid of trees), plus a directory on pruning, this is as thorough as it gets. And the fact that Anderton's writing could sway the gardening novice into visualising that run-of-the-mill garden as a landscape wonder is a tremendous achievement. --Lorna V --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'I do recommend anyone with ..problems attendant on moving into a new garden, to consult Stephen Anderton's 'Rejuvenating a Garden'.' -- Christopher Lloyd, Guardian, on the hardback

'If anyone can claim to be the Delia Smith of gardeners, it is he.' -- Michael Leapman, Independent on Sunday

'One of my most well-thumbed gardening books. He has written an excellent book which I can heartily recommend.' -- Review on Amazon on the hardback, April 29th, 2001

'Why no one has written a book like this before I cannot imagine - it is a brilliant idea.' -- Patrick Taylor, Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most well-thumbed gardening books. 29 April 2001
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Rejuvenating a Garden by Stephen Anderton is a well-illustrated book packed with useful information and sensible advice. Complete novices and old hands alike will find plenty to interest them, and to enable them to approach any garden with confidence and enthusiasm. The book is divided into three sections, the first of which covers planning. The author explains how to assess the existing garden, then how to decide what will be required of it in the future in the light of individual needs. Once the plan is made, he explains how to put it into practice to revitalise the garden, in a section covering the practical aspects of every possible job which might be needed. There follows a particularly useful plant directory with detailed instructions and pruning advice for each species of tree or shrub. To conclude there is a list of useful names and addresses and suggestions for further reading. Mr Anderton is a highly knowledgeable and experienced gardener and a witty garden writer. He has written an excellent book which I can heartily recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 2 Mar 2011
I was inspired to seek out further writing by Stephen Anderton after enjoying his excellent biography of Christopher Lloyd ( His Life at Great Dixter, Chatto & Windus 2010). However this book is in a league of its own in terms of readability and practicality.

`Rejuvenating a Garden' deals with the real world of neglected gardens, leggy and overgrown shrubs, and jungles starved of light. Anyone who has recently moved house or inherited an overgrown garden will find this indispensible reading. It could be equally valuable for the designer, especially in these cost-conscious times where a client needs to phase a scheme over a period of years. There is much to be said for the retention of mature specimens, which with a little imagination can be incorporated into the most adventurous new design. Where the client does not have the budget for mature planting, the new garden could be given an established appearance by keeping some existing material. On the other side of the coin, `Assessing the plants' in Part One may be of help in persuading a client when it really is time to say goodbye to that poor old leaning apple tree.

The book is divided into three main sections. `Where to Start' includes assessing structure, plants, soil and climate. `Doing the Job' guides the reader through a plan of attack, and gives useful advice on timing and seasonal jobs, plus practical tips on financing and planning permission. The final section `Pruning to Rejuvenate' is set out as a directory, with solid guidance on coaxing neglected trees and shrubs back to health. Anderton writes with such lightness of touch, that these substantial topics make enjoyable reading. I read this right through to the end, even the pruning guidelines for plants that I didn't know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning - hard work ahead! LOL 23 Sep 2013
By Helen Hollick VINE VOICE
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Got a garden that isn't as "restful" as it should be because it is overgrown or not quite what you want from your personal little bit of contentment? This book will help you decide what could be done, what should be done - and what can be left undone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most useful of all gardening books 9 April 2012
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a well written and wonderfully useful gardening book. It is intended for anyone wanting to get on top of a wayward garden, and turn it into something under control. Whether starting with a neglected jungle, sprucing up a tired area or simply wanting to tidy oversized shrubs in a more civilised plot, the book is very useful and full of good advice.

It is well illustrated with "do"s, "don't"s and general photos. The plant A-Z contains pruning advice on a large range of plants, specifically tailored to rescuing overgrown plants rather than just normal maintenance like you'd find in most gardening books. It therefore is rather more useful advice than in many.

Anderton's style is easy to read, and there are splashes of humour to liven it up.

It's a book I come back to time and again.
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