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The Bad Tempered Gardener Hardcover – 5 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711231508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711231504
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'At once entertaining, opinionated and deliciously annoying.'

(James Alexander Sinclair)

'Challenging rather than bad-tempered, The Bad Tempered Gardener is certainly strongly voiced, argumentative and full of a sharp edged wisdom that those of us who want to make better, more beautiful gardens need to be attending to.’

(Sara Maitland)

'When, at Veddw in Monmouthshire, Wareham replants the lines of vanished hedgerows with box and fills the enclosed spaces with grasses and hardy perennials, she is linking the land-use of the past with the aesthetic of the lordly parterre. By giving expression to contemporary sensibility about conservation, she invites intellectual engagement.'

(Germaine Greer)

Anne Wareham gardens at Veddw House in Monmouthshire with her husband Charles Hawes. Their two-acre garden is quirky and so is she, but this book is full of original thought and it's honest. Two acres between two is tough going! The Lucky Jim anti-version of gardening books.

(Oxford Times)

If you love gardening but hate the pretensions surrounding it, this is the book for you.

(Yorkshire Evening Post)

We're used to friendly faces and kind words in the gardening world, whether it's on TV or in print. People who give gentle encouragement, enthuse about reliable plants and impart wise advice. Then there's Anne Wareham. Gardener, author and sometime TV presenter, her latest book might well get her known as the Simon Cowell of the green-fingered scene.


Outspoken, candid and occasionally controversial, Anne Wareham is a unique voice in the gardening world.


A different sort of gardening book.

(Western Mail Series)

An intelligent, pugnacious and engaging book.

(Monmouthsire County Life)

This is also a compelling book - the story of the creation of the garden at the Veddw, interlaced with the author's somewhat bumpy education as a gardener. I read it from cover tocover in just a few sittings, agreeing with some parts, violently disagreeing with other parts but transfixed by the whole idea that someone who professes to hate gardening should spend their life creating a beautiful garden like the Veddw.

(Professional Gardener)

Be prepared to be both entertained and annoyed when you read Anne's book as she describes her 'outside housework' and takes a swipe at 'gushing garden stories'. If her penned thoughts and criticisms make you think a little more reflectively about gardens - and gardeners - then her book will have acheived its aim.

(Reckless Gardener)

Less bad tempered than a well considered plea to consider gardens more honestly and critically.

(Garden Design Journal)

This book represents a gardener who is not so much bad-tempered as frustrated, at pains to challenge accepted garden wisdom in all its forms.

(House & Garden)

Definitely thought-provoking.

(Irish Garden)

This is certainly the first gardening book I've read in whch the author heartily recommends separate beds - for married couples, not vegetables.

(Daily Mail)

A kind of grumpy, argumentative antidote to all other gardening books.

(Evening Standard)

This book is refreshing for being resolutely contrarian. The author's searing honesty will earn instant respect from many readers - we have all felt like the chapter headed 'I hate gardening', but few of us admit it.
(The Garden)

About the Author

Anne Wareham has been living and gardening in the Welsh borders with her husband Charles Hawes for over thirty years. She has written occasional pieces for the Financial Times on gardens since 1998 and accompanying articles to Charles Hawes' photographs in magazines such as The English Garden and Gardens Illustrated. She contributed a chapter to the Frances Lincoln book Vista and is a founder member of thinkingardens, set up with the support of the RHS to encourage and develop a broader, more enquiring attitude to gardens.

Charles Hawes' photographs of gardens regularly appear in the best gardening magazines. He has won several prizes in the annual RHS open photography competition, and was an exhibiting finalist in the 2008 International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition. He supplied all the photographs in Stephen Anderton's recent book Discovering Welsh Gardens, shortlisted for a 2009 Garden Media Guild award.

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To do this book justice you need to read it at least twice. Why? Because the first time you'll probably be thinking, as I did, that this is yet another book about gardening, how to garden, what plants to plant where .... And you might just have, as I had, read a book by Carol Klein (who is anything but bad tempered!)

So on the first read, this may seem a bad book. But if you then accept that it's about gardeners rather than gardens (and by "gardeners" I mean not only those who get down and dig but also those who are fortunate enough to own big gardens and have the cash to pay someone else to do the heavy work for them), and read it again you'll get far more from it.

When other reviewers say this is a book about Anne Wareham's garden, they miss the point. The book uses the garden as a way to demonstrate the thinking that's the thrust of the book. There is no need to publicise the garden at all - it's only open on Sunday afternoons for three months of the year (inconsiderate!) and it seems that it's only open at all because the owner grudgingly accepts that some silly people want to visit it. The owner discourages you from wanting a garden tour by setting a stupid price for that. She probably doesn't want you there at all, disturbing her nap after a nice Sunday lunch.

This is, first and last, all about the mentality of those who spend days, weeks, years, developing a garden but never actually get to enjoy it. I'm like that. Every year I spend the spring preparing and making perfect and tell myself that in the summer (if we ever have one of those) I'll sit out there and enjoy it. When summer comes (on a single day in June), out goes the deck chair but on my way back for the bottle of wine I see a weed! That's it.
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If ever there was a writer in urgent need of an editor there is one to be found within these pages! I had ordered up this book hoping to find a soul-mate in the battle against rampant weeds and deadlines incurred by 'Opening the Garden'. Indeed I awaited eagerly, if not impatiently, to hold this tome and escape to the peace of the potting shed to peruse its pages. Sadly, it was not to be. The ongoing, unedited rant nearly drove me to drink my seaweed fertiliser. This is evidently an accomplished communicator and even, dare I say it gardener, but the prose offered here does her no justice. Please Anne Wareham, if you ever intend writing a sequel [I Hate Gardening Even More?] please employ an editor...
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This isn't the normal 'how to' gardening book. It is the story of how and why Anne Wareham's garden on the Welsh borders was set up. It's surprising for it's total lack of logical order---it is presented as a pugnaciously written series of vignettes or rambling rants, which attempt to explain why Ms Wareham has upset just about everyone in the established gardening world. Anne evidently hates gardening. She regards plants as weapons in the fight against bare soil. Animals are objects which drop into ponds. However, just as you start agreeing with her point of view, that today's gardening world is hopelessly twee and precious, she turns her verbal assault on all we new gardeners trying to preserve wildlife, green our environment, and grow our own produce. You just can't win with Anne! She is right and we are all wrong. The book is absorbing and thought provoking, making the reader question every aspect of their gardening life. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to set up a new garden and also to any established gardener looking for a book to make them sit up and think rather than boring them to tears (as, let's face it, most do...).
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For many years Anne Wareham has been raking through the muck of the garden world, challenging it's obsession with pretty plants, convinced instead that gardens are actually imbued with more importance than simply dirty fingernails and delightful dahlias. Such persistence has won friends and made enemies, as well as provided a basis for the issues raised in 'The Bad Tempered Gardener' which question many of the assumptions around the way we garden and why we do so.

Interweaving narrative strands run throughout the book, the central being the process of making her garden at Veddw in Monmouthshire with Charles Hawes. This learning curve with it's inherent confusions and contradictions has provoked meditations upon individuals, communities and the landscape, situating gardening activities within larger social and historical frameworks.

Critical reflections ponder the British national obsession for over planted gardens in relation to consumerism and the media. Indeed the media are castigated for their role in promoting glossy idealised notions of gardens divorced from their actual uses and surroundings. A side swipe is also aimed at the haughty-cultural hierarchy and it's supposed 'experts' dispensing words of wisdom from on high, which would have been interesting to see developed further.

Hortiphiliacs need not worry, there are plenty of chapters on plant likes and dislikes, presented from a personal perspective of gardening experiences. Here the book strays into more traditional garden territory, and as such these passages are sure raise the hackles of many plant obsessives.

Despite the serious issues raised it's not all heavy pondering.
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