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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson; New Ed edition (13 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841882224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841882222
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 2.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want a chatty, opinionated and highly readable book, you can do no better than turn to Christopher Lloyd's classic, which is still in print after many years (Alan Titchmarsh WAITROSE WEEKEND)

One of the definitive gardening books of the 20th century has been updated. When Christopher Lloyd, one of the UK's most respected plansmen, wrote the book, he established himself as one of those rare breeds of garden writers who not only writes about plants, but writes what he feels and thinks about them too ... The book is far from 'sanitised' - how refreshing! (WATER GARDENER (April 03))

This updated classic is as entertaining and relevant to gardeners today as when it was first published, more than 30 years ago. Brimming with infomation on planting, weeding, pruning and more, Lloyd explores hundreds of garden plants, sharing his successes and failures along the way. (GARDENS MONTHLY (May 03))

...packed with the sort of informatoin gardeners crave - from planting, propagation to the pleasures of wild gardening in grass, and fruit and vegetable specialities. He writes with gusto, giving his opinions, his likes and dislikes firmly without worrying whether we agree or disagree with him. (COUNTRY HOUSE & HOME (April 03))

Christopher Lloyd's great classic, The Well-Tempered Garden, never disappoints me when I'm looking for inspiration... Lloyd has a wonderful way of describing plants - I can't look at a rhododendron without calling to mind his description of the foliage as "lugubrious", and his likening of gunera leaves in motion to the sound of "a giant shaving" makes me long for a windy day so I can visit a garden in which they are grown, lie on the grass with my eyes closed and listen. (Stephanie Donaldson COUNTRY LIVING (December 03))

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A classic work by Britain's most highly respected plantsman, updated for the 21st Century.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Kinne on 17 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I love Great Dixter gardens, I am impressed by how Fergus Garrett has taken it on himself to keep the spirit of Christo going, and I admire Christo himself - for his plant knowledge, his brave approach to gardening and his outspoken personality. The "Well Tempered Garden" is a book that truly reflects Christopher Lloyd's personality and brings to life why Great Dixter is what it is today.

Whether you look after your own garden, or are the head gardener of someone else's land, Christo will inspire you and encourage you to be brave and experiment. If you only buy one book by Christopher Lloyd, make it this one. It's well-written, full of experience and knowledge, overflowing with ideas and suggestions, and brimming with Christo's outspoken personality.

It's a must buy for any serious gardener.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. J. Mclintock on 14 Feb. 2011
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This is a must-have for keen gardeners. Christopher Lloyd was one of the world's greatest gardeners and his book is enjoyable to read as well as to learn from. Having bought a copy relatively recently (a year or so ago) I didn't realise from the Amazon website that the book is now out-of-print; the title of the book leads you to think it's a new edition. I have just bought another copy for a friend, and was extremely disappointed when a second-hand copy arrived, an old library book in fact. And the price had gone up. Nonetheless, it was in reasonable condition and my friend was very pleased to receive it as it is getting hard to find. And the book was well-packed, delivered safely and promptly, so all's well that ends well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By woofgang on 19 Oct. 2014
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I am really enjoying this book, Its as though Christopher Lloyd is sat in the room with you chatting over his views on gardening. If you like it too, then you will love "Dear Friend and Gardener" which is a collection of letters between himself and Beth Chatto.
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If you are a serious gardener, then you should have this book on your shelves (or even by your bed). It's not the sort of book where there are many pretty pictures. My copy is a hardback without photographs or illustrations. However, Christopher Lloyd's writing and knowledge make up for any lack of photographs. I often pick up my copy and dip into it, partly to enjoy his wonderful prose, but also to gain more inspiration from one of gardening's greatest characters.
I had the privilege of meeting Christopher LLoyd at Great Dixter - he signed my copy. It was special to meet him and this book will always have happy memories every time I read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zinzie on 10 May 2014
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The print is smaller than it could have been but fortunately it has reasonably good line spacing. As to the content, it's written by Christopher Lloyd, always a joy to read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lynch on 8 Mar. 2009
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A wonderful legacy for Christopher Lloyd, and should be read with "Succession planting for adventurous gardeners" as this book shows many of the plants and displays what Mr. Lloyd captures in words. It is a compelling reference book and is rarely set down for more than a week. Every gardeners library should have this book among the first acquired.

However one should also bear in mind that gardening of this intensity requires many, many hours of labour, and changing out beds and plants. Don't be put off by this, just enjoy a mould breakers views.
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Bought for a birthday present as I love this book! Makes me think and look again at all my plants in a different light - great bedtime reading for anyoneinterested in plants and gardens... Christo never disappoints!
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