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You Should Have Been Here Last Week: Sharp Cut­tings from a Gar­den Writer

Tim Richard­son Pim­per­nel Press, £9.99

An amus­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing com­pen­dium of col­umns, ar­ti­cles, es­says and re­views from this acute,

knowl­edge­able and ir­rev­er­ent com­men­ta­tor. Tim Richard­son is a gar­den his­to­rian, jour­nal­ist and critic, and writes reg­u­larly for news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines in­clud­ing The Tele­graph, the New York Times and Gar­dens Il­lus­trated.

He is also the au­thor of Ox­ford Univer­sity’s course on the his­tory of the English land­scape gar­den, and ad­vises the Na­tional Trust on land­scape con­ser­va­tion. Tim has gone, in­tel­lec­tu­ally and geo­graph­i­cally, where few other gar­den writ­ers dare to tread. There are no ar­ti­cles here about the best ways to grow sweet peas or pota­toes, Tim is more likely to ven­ture into the realms of art, phi­los­o­phy and pol­i­tics.

The Gen­er­ous Gar­dener: Pri­vate Par­adises Shared

Caro­line Don­ald Pim­per­nel Press, £30

As gar­den­ing ed­i­tor of The Sun­day Times, Caro­line Don­ald has gone be­yond the gates of more than 40 gar­dens be­long­ing to the rich and fa­mous in Bri­tain and abroad. Th­ese in­clude those of Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, Jilly Cooper, Wil­liam Christie, Har­ri­son Birtwistle, Kelly Brook, Natasha Spender, Penelope Hob­house, Cather­ine FitzGer­ald and Do­minic West, Ju­lian and Is­abel Ban­ner­man, Bob Flow­erdew, Roy Lan­caster, Lu­ciano Gi­ub­bilei and Fer­gus Gar­rett at Great Dix­ter, Lady Mount­bat­ten and Dan Pear­son. The own­ers have great pride in shar­ing gar­dens they have cre­ated, com­mis­sioned or in­her­ited. A lovely book.

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