A panel of book-lovers including Fiona Davison (Head of Libraries and Exhibitions),  Chris Young (Head of RHS Editorial) and Guy Barter (Chief Horticulturist) discuss the joy of books and share their favourite gardening tomes, both classic and modern. They also make recommendations of titles that would make great Christmas presents.

Listen to the 2018 podcast in full

Books mentioned in this programme

  • The Magus – John Fowles
  • A Landscape Legacy – John Brookes
  • London’s Street Trees – Paul Wood 
  • Blossoms, and the genes that make them – Maxine F Singer
  • Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England & Wales – Jill Francis
  • Marianne North: The Kew Collection
  • The Galanthophiles: 160 Years of Snowdrop Devotees – Jane Kilpatrick and Jennifer Hammer
 
Books for presents
  • Island Gardens – Jackie Bennett
  • War Gardens – Lalage Snow
  • Science is Beautiful: Botanical Life: Under the Microscope – Colin Salter
  • Can Anything Stop Slugs? – Guy Barter
 
Upcoming titles
  •  The Hidden Horticulturists – Fiona Davison (April 2019)
  • Wildlife Gardening for Everyone – Kate Bradbury (May 2019)
  • 50 Plants You Can't Kill – Jamie Butterworth (2019)
  • The Magic and Mystery of Trees – Jen Green, Claire McElfatrick (March 2019)
  • How to Create Your Garden – Adam Frost 

Practical gardening / reference books
 
Food books
  • Novel Dishes for Vegetarian Households – Mary Pope (1893),
  • Potato Cookery - 300 ways of preparing potatoes – Alfred Suzanne (1907),
  • 282 Ways of Making a Salad – Bebe Daniels and Jill Allgood (1949)
  • The Salad Garden – Joy Larkcom
  • Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook – Sarah Raven
  • Delia's Kitchen Garden – Delia Smith and Gay Search

For a full range of gardening books, please visit the RHS Bookshop. In this programme, the panel is joined by James Armitage, Editor of The Plantsman.
RHS Gardening Podcast
2017 Books Special

Books mentioned in this programme

Contributors' first literary gardening experiences
  • The Cuckoo Clock - Mrs Molesworth
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Garden Plants - Kenneth A Beckett
  • The Amateur Gardener - Arthur Hellyer
 
Gardening fiction
  • An Episode of Sparrows - Rumer Godden
  • The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
  • Spies - Michael Frayn
  • Nature's Powers and Spells - Carry Akroyd
 
Classics
  • The Vegetable Garden Displayed - RHS
  • Colour in the Winter Garden - Graham Stuart Thomas
  • Surreal Eden - Margaret Hooks
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening
 
Modern titles
 
Books for presents
 

For a full range of gardening books, please visit the RHS Bookshop. In this programme the panel is joined by Mike Grant, who was Editor of The Plantsman for more than a decade until 2018.


RHS Gardening Podcast
2016 Books Special

Books mentioned in this programme

Classics
 
Modern titles
 

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Books for presents
 

For a full range of gardening books, please visit the RHS Bookshop. In this programme the panel is joined by Mike Grant, who was Editor of The Plantsman for more than a decade until 2018.

Useful links

The Plantsman - published quarterly, this premier publication provides in-depth, horticultural information written by experts.

RHS Lindley Libraries - explore our world-class collections of current and historical books, journals and botanical drawings.
 


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