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The Se­crets of Great Botanists and What They Teach Us About Gar­den­ing

Matthew Biggs Mitchell Bea­z­ley/Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety £15.99 Botanists are the trail­blaz­ers who first dis­cov­ered how plants work and col­lected from around the world many of the species we have in our gar­dens to­day. This in­for­ma­tive guide presents the sto­ries of 35 plant collectors and gar­den­ing pi­o­neers of the past and present, in­clud­ing Joseph Banks, Asa Gray and Mar­i­anne North. Each pro­file has their life story, dis­cov­er­ies and legacy, while spe­cial fea­ture pages re­veal their se­crets – ex­plor­ing the qual­i­ties that brought them suc­cess and show­ing what to­day’s gar­den­ers can learn from them. Il­lus­trated with beau­ti­ful pe­riod botan­i­cal wa­ter­colours and vi­brant pho­to­graphs.

A sump­tu­ous and in­ter­est­ing book to dip into and find the back­ground to some of your favourite plants.

Paint and Frame: Botan­i­cal Paint­ing: Nearly 20 In­spired Projects to Paint and Frame In­stantly

Sara Boc­cac­cini Mead­ows Race Point Pub­lish­ing, £12.99

Ideal for begin­ner artists, this pack comes with 15 stepby-step projects on how to paint beau­ti­ful, mod­ern, botan­i­cal wa­ter­colours. It in­cludes sheets of water­colour pa­per and pa­per frames so you can in­stantly display your mas­ter­pieces.

A lovely gift for a creative gar­dener.

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