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The Well-Tempered Garden: A New Edition Of The Gardening Classic [Paperback]

Christopher Lloyd
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13 Feb 2003
This is the classic work by a gardener who combines a passionate love of his subject with a critical intelligence and a good helping of wit. THE WELL-TEMPERED GARDEN is packed with the sort of information keen gardeners crave - from planting, weeding and the pleasures of propagation to annuals, water-lilies and worthwhile vegetables. Hailed as 'a really important addition to horticultural literature' when it was first published, THE WELL-TEMPERED GARDEN is as fresh and enlightening, and as entertaining, for gardeners in the 21st century as when it first appeared more than thirty years ago.

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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: 24.4 x 16.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read for any keen gardening bookworm. 3 Mar 2002
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As a recent garden convert, I found this book not only practical, but sensible and entertaining.
I have devoured many a gardening book and monthly magazine, but not one has explained ideas behind gardening in such an uncomplicated and chatty way.
I love the way he encourages the gardener to be flexible, experimental and instinctive. I finally understand pruning - so it must be good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gardening classic that doesn't date 27 Aug 2001
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Christophers writing on gardening is one of the few excuses busy gardeners have for staying in bed, being warm and indulging oneself and still enhancing our plant repetiore. I devour his books like the best of my home grown produce and for someone of his great years he is probably the greatest living gardener this green isle has to offer. I highly recommend anything he writes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a gardening book it's literature 13 Feb 2014
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Beautifully written and most instructive. I had the most enjoyable three evening with it and basically devoured it whole making numerous marks in text where I will need to come back. So many ideas, tips etc, but most of all such beautiful writing! Thoroughly whet my appetite for some spring gardening!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A true classic 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to read with "Succession planting..." 8 Mar 2009
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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