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Plants from the jungles of Central America or the Far East can swiftly engulf, once they are abandoned, the works of Mankind.  However, the plants from less luxurious environments are no less expansionist.  Some become noxious weeds in lands on the other side of the globe to their place of origin.  Some become immensely wide-grown crop plants.  Some batten on a most peculiar quirk in the nature of some human beings: the collecting instinct.  Exploiting this, tiny tulip species from Azerbaijan, great trees from the rain forests of Oregon, campanulas from the screes of Himalayan mountains, have, in their own way, conquered the world.

So, why do our gardens look the way they do? In The Plants that Shaped our Gardens, David Stuart turns the conventional view of garden history upside down: he contends that it is plants that have driven the evolution of the modern garden. From the ends of the earth - the outer reaches of the Ottoman Empire, China, Japan, the Americas - daring explorers brought new plants back to gardens across Europe (encountering hair-raising adventures along the way). The influx of exotica stimulated a frenzy of hybridization, which in turn inspired gardeners to make room to show off the latest fritillary, delphinium or rose.

From the burgeoning of the parterre to Dutch tulipomania to the craze for rhododendrons, Stuart’s book traces the making and remaking of the modern garden as it acquired features we now take for granted (the flower bed, the herbaceous border), as well as others that have become less familiar (the shrubbery, the rockery), and came full circle to welcome native species and cottage garden varieties long neglected in favour of the foreign and the new.

GEORGIAN GARDENS: Styles, Evolution, Planting Maintenance

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Covers the century from 1730, and covers the changes of style over that period, flower gardens, American gardens, kitchen gardens, planting plans and so on.  Contains all the print editions black and white illustrations.


This is a list of the most important UK locations as they stood when the first edition appeared.  Things have moved ahead fast, and many new sites have been discovered.  If readers feel like updating the gazetteer for a future edition, they can add material to www.georgiangardens.wordpress.com


cover for OFF OLD FASHIONED FLOWERS tells the stories of some of the lovelÓest garden flowers grown in earlier ages, ones that your grandparents would have known, or their grandparents, way back into the mists of time. All are the fascinating 'antiques' of the garden, and the plants chosen are mainly hardy perennials or biennials, with some of the most essential bulbs, and a scattering of annuals. Annuals, herbs, roses and other shrubs, fruit and vegetables will appear in further books.
This one covers seventy genera, many species and garden varieties, and is illustrated wǐth one hundred and twenty colour photographs of the flowers. The book enables gardeners to create gardens abounding in interest and beauty, scent and colour.
The book sample contains the table of contents, which gives a full listing of all the plants covered. 

THE GARDEN TRIUMPHANT: Victorian Garden Taste

cover for garden triumphant Whether you want to grow Victorian flowers, have a 'period' garden, or are just interested in gardens of the past, this is the book for you.
In the Victorian era, almost everyone gardened, and for the first time most gardeners gardened in the same way, whether wealthy tycoons in their vast houses, or the humblest citizens growing roses and potatoes side by side in their tiny lots.
Gardening in Victorian America and England created thousands of new businesses, the manufacturing of new lawnmowers, cast iron urns, ceramic edgings, the new rubber hoses, and more.
It discovered huge new markets: women in their parlours waiting for something to do took on gardening as a hobby; gardeners anxious for something new to read or to plant embraced each new fad.
The influence of Victorian gardening was immensely powerful, and is still with us. Wherever a garden has alternate blue lobelia and white alyssum along its paths, or is awash with old roses and pinks, even if it has only island beds, gnomes, or terracotta pots with lemons, it is still late Victorian.
The Garden Triumphant gives a unique picture of how the gardening public lived and thought during the period that created whole nations of gardeners.

The New SHRUBS AND SMALL TREES: Part 1, Getting the best from your plants, Shrubs large and small

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Parts 1 and 2
The original book has had to be split into two parts, but taken together, they cover nearly one hundred and sixty easy-to-grow and exceptionally lovely shrubs, small trees, climbers and roses, as well as many pages of information about how to get the best out of them, how best to use them, and the sorts of thing they can contribute to your garden, whether that's tiny or huge.
Each plant is given a colour photograph, and some basic idea of why the author thinks it's one of the best in its class.
The sample of vol. 1 has a full table of contents if you want to check out the scope of the book.

The New SHRUBS AND SMALL TREES: Part 2, Small trees, Climbers, Roses

Filled with many lovely ideas for planting your garden

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Here is the book for every gardener, with a temperate, or cool temperate garden, and who wants to produce fruit. It covers over 40 different type of fruit, both tree fruits, and 'soft' fruits. There is something to suit any size of garden: wall-trained cordon apples, or ground cover strawberries, for a very small space, a stately walnut tree for a large garden and exotic fruit to grow under glass or, sometimes, on the windowsill. All the fruits that can be grown practically in temperate or cool temperate climates are covered, and the range is irresistible: pears, peaches and nectarines, a vine, currants, gooseberries and strawberries, oranges, melon and pineapple.

The practical information includes considerations of climate and growing conditions, planting training, pruning and harvesting, and there are helpful suggestions on the fruit to suit your garden.
The author has grown his own fruit for very many years, and in gardens that have ranged from a grand 18th century walled kitchen garden to a small garden once owned by the village stonemason. He has written many books, and very many articles. If you would like to find out more, visit his author page here on Amazon. He also has a website and a blog - www.david-stuart.co.uk and www.davidcstuart.wordpress.com.

  GLORIOUS HISTORIES: Tales from a Traditional Kitchen Garden

cover thumbRoman generals, Chinese merchants, Portugese adventurers, Mayan gardeners, king's botanists, together with untold millions of the humble and forgotten, have contributed to the distribution of countless sorts of fruit and vegetables, and have contributed to the development of new varieties within them.  They have also contributed, unthinkingly, into the decline of others into oblivion.
This is the story of some of the species that have become traditional inhabitants of kitchen gardens in much of the English speaking world.  Some needed specialised growing conditions, others were once used for surprising purposes - artichoke juice was once a cure for baldness, rhubarb for '‘Wamblings of the gut’, convulsions and cramps, sciatica, ‘Yeoring’ and mange, and to cleanse ‘the bodie from pale and wan spots (or the Morphew), and bloody fire’, and so on.  The book has many other surprising examples, and the numbers in the text refer to the sources of the information.
The book covers 120 crops, each one illustrated with either a photograph or historical document.  It also gives some of the stranger or most delicious recipes for the crop.  Each crop has been grown, harvested and consumed by the author.