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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES by Jonathan Drori Laurence King Pub­lish­ing, £17.99 ISBN 978-1786271617

Start­ing in Eng­land look­ing at two fa­mil­iar iconic hy­brid trees – the Lon­don plane and the Ley­land cy­press – the au­thor takes read­ers east­wards in an anti-clock­wise di­rec­tion around the world. The 80 fea­tured trees are a clever and di­verse rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the 60,000 dis­tinct tree species that can be found on our planet, all with in­spir­ing, de­scrip­tive and true sto­ries that bring them alive. Re­viewed by Tony Kirkham in the May 2018 is­sue.

BRIL­LIANT & WILD by Lucy Bel­lamy Pho­to­graphs by Ja­son In­gram Pim­per­nel Press, £20 ISBN 978-1910258637

Bril­liant & Wild prom­ises a gar­den from scratch in a year, with barely any main­te­nance or hor­ti­cul­tural knowl­edge nec­es­sary. It could sound too good to be true, but Bel­lamy has se­lected a hand­some va­ri­ety of hardy peren­ni­als that will flour­ish with­out tak­ing over. The ar­gu­ment that ur­ban soil is per­fect for peren­ni­als – its low fer­til­ity cre­ates tough plants – is re­fresh­ing for city gar­den­ers who be­moan their over­worked earth. Re­viewed by Alice Vin­cent in the March 2018 is­sue.

COLLINS BOTAN­I­CAL BIBLE: A PRAC­TI­CAL GUIDE TO WILD AND GAR­DEN PLANTS by Sonya Pa­tel El­lis William Collins, £30 ISBN 978-0008262273

This hefty tome brings to­gether plant his­tory, ed­i­bil­ity, heal­ing prop­er­ties, art and science. Six chap­ters ex­am­ine the be­gin­nings of plants, fol­lowed by mankind’s in­ter­ac­tion with them – the first gar­dens, cook­ing with plants, pro­duc­ing art in­spired by them, and their medic­i­nal uses. A mix­ture of il­lus­tra­tions, prints and pho­to­graphs demon­strate the enor­mity, di­ver­sity and beauty of the plant world. Re­viewed by Rosanna Mor­ris in the Novem­ber 2018 is­sue.

DREAMSCAPES by Claire Takacs Hardie Grant Books, £35 ISBN 978-1743793527

For al­most a decade read­ers of Gar­dens Il­lus­trated have en­joyed a priv­i­leged view of some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful gar­dens, as seen through the ex­pres­sive lens of Claire Takacs’s cam­era. While pri­mar­ily an in­spir­ing cof­fee ta­ble book, this is also a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the life of a gar­den pho­tog­ra­pher, the hard slog of 16-hour drives and pre-dawn alarm clocks, and the fleet­ing mo­ments of magic that make it all worth­while. Re­viewed by Jodie Jones in the Fe­bru­ary 2018 is­sue.

Collins Botan­i­cal Bible.

Around the World in 80 Trees.

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