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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905848
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gardeners' World's Carol Klein celebrates our wild flowers and traces the family tree of each through to their garden cousins

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Once upon a time, long before humankind cultivated gardens, wild flowers were central to our existence. They were food for us and our beasts, medicine to heal our bodies and our souls. They were at the heart of lore and legend, of magic and religion. That intimate connection has almost disappeared.

This is not a sentimental plea to move back in time. It is a recognition, though, of how important wild flowers still are to us now and will be in our future – and how they, and our relationship to them, should be honoured and nurtured.

On Gardeners’ World and in this book I seek out some of our most seductive wild flowers and find out about their cultivated cousins, the plants we know and love in our own gardens. It has been a huge delight to see these wildlings in their own homes.

Everyone can do the same, kneel amongst them feel the same thrill, touch the same petals. Most of us do that anyway. Gardening is the most direct route to an understanding of what is important, to connect directly with the Earth.

It is a privilege and a pleasure and one that everyone should have the opportunity to join in. I hope you enjoy our wild flowers, your gardening and this book.

Carol Klein


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar 2013
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Carol Klein has yet again given us a book as beautifully illustrated as it is written. The winning combination of her writing and Jonathan Buckley's photography makes for a joyous read. I always think of Carol Klein as one of our great gardening writers. She's so lyrical and enthusiastic about the plants she grows. She knows her stuff but the excitement has a newness, and an eagerness to experience all these wonderful plants have to offer. She's our modern day Vita Sackville-West, but with a rather more glorious accent.

This books concentrates on British wild flowers and their cousins. Some books on wild flowers extol their virtues and suggest their use in all garden settings, sometimes with predictably untidy results. Here Carol rightly sings the praises of our native flora and suggests where it might be used, but also looks at the "cultivated cousins" and related plants from around the world. As we would expect from Carol Klein she also explains propagation methods used for each group (though she does direct us to another Klein/Buckley masterpiece, Grow Your Own Garden, for further information).

The sections on each plant are fairly loose categories, some a particular genus of plants, at other times families. With some the same family appears several times - for example there are separate chapters on Hellebores, Clematis, Celandines and Buttercups - all part of the Buttercup family itself. All however are logically grouped and highlight the similaries and relationships between different species.

The writing is warm and effusive, at times touching and poignant and always makes us want to get and grow the plants she talks about. A lovely book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By beesknees on 17 Mar 2013
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The previous review says it all beautifully and concisely. Carol's style of writing is so inspiring which makes the reader feel anything is possible, so why not get out there and try! All the information you could need is offered and put in a very readable fashion that is purely 'Carol Klein'. As usual the photography is truly in a class on its own and enhances and supports all aspepcts. It is a joy to read, and certainly contains a 'feel good' factor for me. I shall be buying an additional copy for a very good friend who appreciates and enjoys Carol Klein.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Butcher on 23 Mar 2013
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Having just taken on a new area of land this book has given me some wonderful ideas to make it more 'wild' friendly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms Sheena Nelson on 19 Mar 2013
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fantastic book, has the history of the flowers as well as useful tips, lovely photo's and easy to understand chapters. brilliant price for what you get. great present for gardeners who grow wild flowers. love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ladylawn on 23 Mar 2013
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I love Carol's enthusiasm and the way she descibes the textures, colours and habits of our plants. It's really interesting to see how garden plants have evolved from wild flowers and which ones are related.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shinyvalley on 12 April 2013
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Bought this for my Mum who has cancer at the moment and she loved it , gardening is something that she looks forward to and i know she has orderded plants from reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. V. PRIOR on 21 Mar 2013
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You cane nhear carol's voice as you read this book. The photography is wonderful. I shall browes through it time after time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs E Worthington on 2 Jun 2014
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This book answers all my questions about wild flowers and growing them. Excellent red - Ms Klein's enthusiasm is infectious.
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