Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds Book Giveaway

I’m kicking off the new year with a fantastic book giveaway! One lucky reader could win a copy of the following book:

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds is a personal tour of some of the UK’s most exciting and exquisite gardens, guided by the owners, their gardeners and designers, in this green and magical pocket of England.

In the golden stone villages of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, author Victoria Summerley and photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas offer privileged access to twenty secret gardens, revealing their charm, romance, horticulture and history.

Retracing the footsteps of such luminary designers as Humphry Repton, Rosemary Verey, Isabel and Julian Bannerman and Mary Keen, we find examples of great design, compelling planting, inspired sculpture and private paradise. From the cherished snowdrop fields of the Elwes family at Colesbourne, to Antony Gormley’s statue in the garden of Matthew Freud and Elisabeth Murdoch, this book uncovers the various and intriguing ways these Cotswolds gardens inspire and enchant.

While some of these gardens open regularly to visitors, those that remain strictly private can now be savoured and enjoyed through the eyes of those who know them best.

Victoria Summerley is an award-winning garden journalist and was executive editor of the Independent newspaper in the UK. She lives in Bibury, Gloucestershire, the village once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’.

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds officially releases on 5th February, published by Frances Lincoln, priced £20. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a copy, let me know by leaving a comment – it’s as simple as that! Closing date 29th January, I’ll draw a name at random. Open to UK residents only (sorry!).

Best of luck!

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.