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Gardening Books To Cosy Up With This Winter

There’s no denying it’s been a little cold of late so we thought we would take a look at a few of our favourite gardening books to cosy up with this winter. 

First up we have something to brighten everyone’s day, well 366 of them! A Flower A Day by Miranda Janatka is packed full of beautifully illustrated stories of flowers for every day of the year. Different species of flowers bloom somewhere in the world every day and this book reveals their beauty and the stories behind them.

Grasping The Nettle by Tasmin Westhorpe is delightfully funny and well worth digging into. Beautifully written tales from a modern country gardener who loves muddy fingernails, steel-capped boots and has a can-do gardening attitude! It’s fresh, fearless and funny, full of great characters and hapless horticultural exploits that will make you smile.

If you fancy something a little weird, wacky and wonderful we suggest diving straight into Hortus Curious by Michael Perry. Split into five chapters it’s both humorous and quirky and brings together and celebrates some of the most peculiar and fascinating plants on the planet. Michael explains what makes each plant special alongside exquisitely detailed illustrations, an informative and humorous book that gives the reader an alternative way to view the plant world.

If you’re thinking about transforming your garden this year the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design by Chris Young is really well put together and great for planning, showing you how to make your ideal garden a reality. It’s a design bible, that takes you through every stage from planning to planting. It’s easy to follow and covers everything including laying patios, making ponds and of course, our favourite, perennials! 

We have a huge variety of perennial plants that suit a variety of styles including cottage, wildlife and sensory gardens and just gardens generally. Whether you are looking for something for your beds, borders, pots, patios or balconies we can help, take a look.

If you are new to gardening don’t panic there are a number of books out there to help you.. Again, the RHS delivers for us with the easy to follow RHS How To Garden When You’re New To Gardening easy to follow, simple steps that will have you feeling like a pro in no time!

Looking for something a little different, Grow by the UK’s first and one of the biggest YouTube stars, Joe Sugg is a good read, that explores and encourages us to digitally detox. Full of beautifully hand drawn illustrations it offers simple ways to reduce your screen time. Joe is keen to repair our relationship with technology, there’s no need to throw it away but he encourages us to learn to check in with nature to improve our mental wellbeing. Perhaps a great gift idea too for someone you know?

We’ve shared some of our favourite gardening books to cosy up with this winter but we also asked some of our lovely @goldenvalleyplants instagram followers to share their favourite books too.

Kelly, aka @ohhomelygirl, is the Cuprinol Shed of the Year Winner, 2022. Her ‘humble potting shed’ is the outdoor space of many gardeners dreams. Kelly loves living the homely lifestyle and enjoys, gardening, baking, DIY, Growing food and flowers.

Kelly is currently reading Herbal Medicine: Natural Remedies by Anne Kennedy as she loves to grow her own plants for medicinal uses too. Preferring natural healing whenever possible. 

Joanne, aka @joanner3, was featured on Gardeners World in October 2022, in Modern Gardens magazine in April 2020 and has been a previous NGS garden. Her garden is beautiful and well worth checking out for inspiration.

One of Joanne’s go to books is Green by award-winning garden designer and landscape architect, Ula Maria. It contains simple ideas for small outdoor spaces and covers all aspects of gardening including colour, texture, scale, planting, furnishing and more. 

Jane, aka @the_little_end_cottage has also featured in magazines including, Modern Gardens and Take a Break. Her account features her cottage garden and adorable cocker spaniel, Murphy.

A big Gardeners World fan, Jane was over the moon to be gifted Monty Don’s Complete Gardener by her family. It covers everything from planning, to plant propagation, water features, wildlife and growing vegetables and herbs. It also covers many different garden styles including her personal favourite, the cottage garden.

Finally, Laura @laurahomeandlifestyle whose love of interiors, country gardens, travel and lifestyle is clearly guiding two of her favourite reads. Table Stories by An Bogaerts is the perfect coffee table book to browse and feel inspired by. It encourages creating memories at the table with beautiful settings that can be simple or elegant and use nature and garden flowers as easy to use props. We do love a cut flower which is why we grow them, take a look at what we offer.

Laura also shared that she is currently drooling over The Evolution of Home by Sims Hilditch. It’s a fabulous rabbit hole to slip down on a cold day packed with beautiful homes and a little garden inspiration.

If you fancy a little fiction in your gardening books to cosy up with this winter, we have found a few that are garden related and might go down well with a cup of tea and a biscuit or perhaps a G&T! 

The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn, takes you on a glorious adventure across time and place and is filled with an abundance of flowers. 

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden by Reginal Arkell, is back in print after 50 years and is a classic British novel of the garden whose title character, Bert Pinnegar, is as unforgettable as P. G. Wodehouse’s immortal butler, Jeeves!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our suggested gardening books to cosy up with this winter but don’t forget we also have our gardening related blogs that you could catch up with. We’ve listed a few below, or enjoy browsing our website, there’s lots of great perennials to come this spring and summer. Our 30% off sale is on throughout January too. 

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