Of Rhubarb and Roses: The Telegraph Book of the Garden – Book Release and Blog Giveaway

of rhubarb and roses

I’m excited to reveal the following book release, published October 2013 by Aurum Press, which I feel will be of great interest to my readers, read on to find out how you could win a copy!

In Of Rhubarb and Roses, gardening guru Tim Richardson presents a unique collection of writings from garden writing’s greats.

The Telegraph has long enjoyed the closest association with gardeners. Indeed, as the newspaper of choice for the counties and the shires, it revels in the glory and variety of Britain’s horticultural heritage, whether celebrating the most renowned gardens, like Great Dixter, or extolling the tart virtues of rhubarb.

Whatever form it takes, few things could be more central to the world of the Telegraph reader than the garden. Which is why the paper has always attracted the best writers on the subject: from the experts of today, such as Stephen Lacey, Sarah Raven and Bunny Guinness, through great sages of yesteryear, like Fred Whitsey, Denis Wood and Rosemary Verey, to the more esoteric musings of Germaine Greer, Sir Roy Strong and W. F. Deedes. All are collected here in this compendious and endlessly fascinating anthology.

As varied and colourful as a traditional herbaceous border at the height of summer, Of Rhubarb and Roses is the perfect book for an afternoon’s reading in a deckchair, as the shadows lengthen across that newly mown lawn.

About the author:

Tim Richardson is a writer and historian, a garden columnist in the Daily Telegraph and the author of many books, including English Gardens in the Twentieth Century, The Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden, Avant Gardeners and The New English Garden. He is a trustee of the Garden History Society, sits on the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel and wrote Oxford University’s first garden history course. Recently appointed professor of landscape art at Vienna University (Arts), he lives in London, where he is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

If you’d like a be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book, just leave a comment on this post by midnight on Monday 21st October 2013 to say you’d like to be included. I’ll then put all the names in a hat and draw a lucky winner. Winners will be notified by email, so please make sure your entry is correct. The competition giveaway is open to UK addresses only I’m afraid. Good Luck!

Thanks to Jessica at The Aurum Publishing Group.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration Book Release and Blog Giveaway

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration
RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration

I’m excited to reveal the following book release, published April 2013 by Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, which I feel will be of great interest to my readers:

Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its hundredth birthday in May 2013; an annual, world-famous and well-loved horticultural and social event. To mark this special occasion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration is the essential centenary souvenir and an enduring look at what makes Chelsea special.

Royal Horticultural Society insider Brent Elliott explains how the show has grown and changed, how it has formed part of the social calendar and how the nation’s taste in garden design and planting has been reflected and shaped by Chelsea over the years. Short pieces from some of our greatest nurserymen, nurserywomen and garden designers describe what Chelsea means to them, along with pieces from those who present the show to the public and those behind the scenes who pull it all together.

A wealth of illustration draws from the extensive RHS archive and includes photographs in colour and black and white, plans and posters, many published here for the first time. Whether you come for the nurseries or the show gardens, to buy gardening gloves or foxgloves, or whether you simply prefer to avoid the crowds and read all about it, this magnificent book conjures up the full Chelsea experience.

About the author:

Brent Elliott can reasonably claim to be the world expert on the history of RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He is historian to the RHS and author of numerous books, including the official history of the RHS and Flora: An Illustrated History of the Garden Flower.

If you’d like a chance of winning a copy of RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration just leave a comment on this post by midnight on Friday 26th April to say you’d like to be included. I’ll then put all the names in a hat and draw a lucky winner. The competition giveaway is open to UK addresses only I’m afraid. Good Luck!

Thanks to Jessica at The Aurum Publishing Group.

COMPETITION GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! The winner will be notified by email and the book will be sent to the address provided. Many thanks to all who entered.