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The Re­mark­able Case of Dr Ward & Other Amaz­ing Gar­den­ing In­no­va­tions; Abi­gail Willis (£12.99, Lau­rence King)

THIS FAS­CI­NAT­ING BOOK is a trea­sure trove of gar­den whimsy and won­der. Au­thor Abi­gail Willis has re­searched the com­pelling sto­ries be­hind key in­ven­tions such as the lawn­mower and se­ca­teurs, as well as the trends that have shaped our cre­ative hobby. Take the War­dian Case for in­stance: this was an air­tight ter­rar­ium that en­abled our Vic­to­rian an­ces­tors to trans­port live plants around the globe. Did you know that when cut­ting grass by hand, the scythers would raise cut­ting height by at­tach­ing wooden blocks to their shoes? Or that ar­senic was once widely used as an in­sec­ti­cide? This book is full of such in­sights, with beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions by Dave Hop­kins. It’s a Christ­mas stock­ing must-have. ✿✿✿✿✿

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