- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books (15 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849903786
- ISBN-13: 978-1849903783
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.5 x 25.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gardening at Longmeadow Hardcover – 15 Mar 2012
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How to create Monty Don's stunning Gardeners' World garden at Longmeadow – a must-read for anyone looking for fresh gardening ideas
About the Author
Monty Don is the lead presenter of Gardeners' World. He is a horticultural writer and speaker, Sunday Times bestselling author, and has presented several programmes on gardening and outdoor living, including Around the World in 80 Gardens and Italian Gardens, for which he wrote the accompanying books. He was The Observer's gardening columnist from 1994 to 2006. His books include The Complete Gardener, The Jewel Garden and The Ivington Diaries.
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I especially loved the photography. Its also quite a thick book so you do feel that you are getting your moneys worth (especially at the price that Amazon are selling it at)
If you like Monty or if you like looking and reading about gardening this is a good book to keep going back to.
I realise that this is partly due to the format, in which each chapter is based around a month so that you can dip in and out but it still seems a case of poor editing and/or a way to pad out the book.
The writing is full of Monty's usual infectious enthusiasm as he waxes lyrical about the joys (and frustrations) of gardening and is full of useful bits of advice. I find his books a useful counterpoint to the more formal advice laid down in RHS manuals and reading his books always gives me new ideas (albeit scaled down - we don't all have the luxury of a couple of acres and ample funds).
However, if you want tips on how to garden buy 'The Complete Gardener' it's an excellent reference book. If you want to read about the development of Longmeadow, buy 'The Ivington Diaries' - an inspiring account of how the Dons created and maintain their garden. This book just feels like a chance to cash in on the recent Gardeners' World series and offers nothing new, bar a few references to the poor weather of 2011.
I feel that this book is more suited for the veteran gardener who can relate to the joy of gardening, one garden for 20 years +. As a relative new comer, I was hoping for a little more explanation on how he divided his garden into the Jewel Garden, Ornamental Veg Garden etc. and his reasons behind it.
Overall, if you like his style on Gardeners' World and are looking for a pleasant (not too technical) read about gardening, then I think you would enjoy this book. If you are looking for a more in-depth detail on gardening I would recommend his book 'The Complete Gardener'.
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this book is quite informative, well pleased thank you.They are xmas presents.Published 1 month ago by lynjul
Very helpful advice and guidance. Also has a humourous element when things don't work out.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. There is a lot concerning veg growing which I don't have room for but I'm inspired to grow some where I can. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ian Clarke
My wife says it is very informative good value for for money can't praise it high enoughPublished 6 months ago by dan
the book was a gift so only a quick look but I thought it was good like the amazon service thank youPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer