This highly illustrated book in colour is ideal for readers interested in gardening or for those who would like to get involved in the 'grow your own' movement. The author is Peter Dowdall who owns the Dunsland Garden Centre in Cork. He has been TV3's gardening expert for the past 4 years and appeared on RTE's Corrigan's City Farm. He has also been involved with two Silver Gilt medal-winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
ISBN 978-185594-215-8, Hardback, €25 £23, 260 x 198mm, 192pp
This book aims to share with readers the basic tools, techniques and principles of how to create and maintain a beautiful garden through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Straightforward, no-nonsense language and advice, along with simple photography showing the practicalities of gardening will advise budding gardeners on how to build their garden from a naked skeleton through to a beautifully garbed wonderland. The book will give people a greater understanding of the part that gardening and nature plays in their lives, in their health and in their general wellbeing.
The book is separated into horticultural sections - architectural plants, evergreens, seasonal plants, contrast & textural plants, herbs, fruit & vegetables, and container gardening - so whether the reader is starting their garden from scratch, or merely looking for advice on annuals or the edible garden, they will find what they are looking for easily. Each section is covered from the point of view of choosing the right plant for the right space, the planting itself, and maintaining the plants through the seasons. Each section will also contain boxed-out sections, or sidebars that highlight interesting and useful information for the gardener, e.g. soil science, composting etc. Everything will be laid out in layman's terms and use easy to follow instruction. Each section will be prose - with any step by step detailing separated out into sidebars, boxes or offset paragraphs to give readers an easy to use reference.
There is also a human interest story in the book because Peter Dowdall had a ten-year battle with cancer that gave him an entirely new view on life and living and the vital link between himself and the nature around him. It was nature that helped him to heal; from the tree that he could see through his hospital room window that taught him to appreciate each passing season, to the herbs that naturally eased his discomfort.
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