'Alys Fowler explains how to fill your flowerbeds and containers without breaking the bank.' --The Guardian
'With a sense of fun and a passion for grow-your-own, Alys Fowler is helping to transform British Backyards.' --BBC Gardens Illustrated
Harpers Bazaar: 'As a presenter on BBC series 'Gardeners' World', [Alys] Fowler is already familiar to millions of horticultural enthusiasts. Her no-nonsense approach is encapsulated in her recent book 'The Thrifty Gardener'---- Irish Times:'Given that growing veg is the new rock'n'roll, it was inevitable that someone would come up with a book for the new generation of gardeners. The Thrifty Gardener by Alys Fowler (Kyle Cathie, £16.99) has a suitably funky aesthetic, with lots of sun-dappled pictures of fashionably mis-shapen produce, and of its photogenic young author. But as well as being pretty it is eminently practical, with lots of useful tips for the start-off gardener. Fowler-a highly trained horticulturist-advises on everything from what to plant and where to plant it, to ideas for containers (such as large olive tins and wooden wine boxes, which, she suggests, can be sourced free from friendly traders). Its subtitle is How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing and the book has a timely, recession-busting slant, with advice on how to get free plants, make a compost bin, build a cold frame using a pallet and lots more.' --Irish Times
About the Author
Known as 'one of the bright young things in gardening', Alys Fowler started gardening in her early teens and trained at the Royal Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Whilst living in New York and with only a fire escape to grow plants on, Alys quickly found a community that was making beautiful gardens on a shoestring budget. She has since vowed never to waste money in her garden. Alys was Head Gardener at Berryfields, the previous location for BBC's Gardeners' World and has been on site in front of camera in the new home of the show at Greenacre. Alys writes for the Guardian, BBC's Gardeners' World magazine and Gardens Illustrated as well as other publications.