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Anna Pavord
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5 Sep 2011

In The Curious Gardener, Anna Pavord brings together in 12 chapters - one from each month of the year - 72 pieces on all aspects of gardening.

From what to do in each month and how to get the best from flowers, plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables, through reflections on the weather, soil, the English landscape and favourite old gardening clothes, to office greenery, spring in New York, waterfalls, Derek Jarman and garden design, Anna Pavord always has something interesting to say and says it with great style and candour.

The perfect book to guide you through the gardening year and, on days when the weather keeps the most courageous gardener indoors, the perfect book to curl up with beside the fire.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408810069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408810064
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This collection of Pavord's writings, arranged month by month, manages to be both eloquent and amusing ... As ever, Pavord doesn't take herself too seriously and has a wonderfully light touch' (Sunday Times 'Gardening Book of the Year')

'Lively, conversational and personal, it's a charming bedside read' (Country Life)

'Splendid ... an intimate portrait of a passionate gardener' (Sunday Herald)

'A most inviting volume ... Her vivid, conversational style, and wonderful range of knowledge on all sorts of subjects other than gardening, makes this a garden book that you could read straight through, like a novel' (Daily Mail)

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A wonderful book about the gardening year with practical advice by the top garden writer and best-selling author of The Tulip

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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful miscellany 27 Dec 2010
By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I received this book for Christmas and it has been a delightful companion the past few days.

The Curious Gardener is a collection of 72 articles from Anna Pavord's regular column for The Independent which she's been writing since 1986. There's 6 articles per month, followed by a list of key gardening tasks - unusual for this kind of anthology, but adding a useful touch to the elegant prose.

The topics covered are wide ranging from a gardeners' horoscope to an amusing account of how her family Christmas has changed over the years. Along the way there are garden visits, a look at the scrum that is Chelsea, growing giant vegetables, how garden media and programmes have changed with the times, alongside advice on choosing trees, slow gardening and growing fruit, flowers and vegetables.

All this is written with such a lightness of touch and humour that you forget there's useful information to be gleaned; it's far too enjoyable to be placed in the 'useful' category of books. In addition, each chapter is fronted by a lovely wood engraving by Howard Phipps to set the scene for the month.

One to read in one go whilst curled up by the fire, then to keep to hand for a friendly monthly gardening guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Curious Gardener 13 Jun 2011
As usual Anna Pavord has produced a wonderful readable reference book,and is one which I will use regularly.I liked the monthly dairy at the end of each chapter which is a good memory jogger for me as a novice gardener.
The story of her garden is in her usual style of being entertaining and informative. This enables one to gain ideas/tips without it feeling like a lecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Curious Gardener Anna Pavord 15 Jun 2011
I have sent this book to my gardening friends as it is an amusing read not just about gardening but observations on life plus giving down to earth advice on what to do in the garden month by month.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A special eye 29 Jan 2013
By Gary
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Anna is special-entertaining -practical and ever so scholarly-just what you need.Brill.She tells it as it is and it would past muster with my mother! High praise indeed .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good bedtime read 15 May 2014
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A very enjoyable read
This is light reading about aspects of gardening and makes great bedtime reading - greatly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 21 Jan 2014
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Its a really good book, well worth buying it and bought it for my gardening loving mother, she loves it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Jan 2014
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Excellent reading, for both gardening and personal travel. It was easy to read, informative and funny.A joy to read .Thankyou
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