INSPIRATION FROM PRIVATE GARDENS
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.