Tales from Titchmarsh: A Year in the Garden

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The very best of Alan Titchmarsh's gardening writing, taken from his 20 years as a columnist with Gardeners' World magazine
 
Covering everything from his love of water features in gardens to the beauty of wildflower meadows to why we need to get children away from gizmos and back into gardens, this is the perfect bedside or gardenside anthology from a beloved gardener. His brilliant writings are, in turn, practical (Just how far back ...

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Overview

The very best of Alan Titchmarsh's gardening writing, taken from his 20 years as a columnist with Gardeners' World magazine
 
Covering everything from his love of water features in gardens to the beauty of wildflower meadows to why we need to get children away from gizmos and back into gardens, this is the perfect bedside or gardenside anthology from a beloved gardener. His brilliant writings are, in turn, practical (Just how far back should we prune our roses?), opinionated (I always rail at people who go out on a Sunday afternoon to tidy their gardens. I mean, a garden is not a sock drawer.), cheeky (I have a theory that gardeners grow to look like their soil.), and wistful (You've got to be a bit of a dreamer to get the most out of your garden.). So lay down your trowel, sit back, and enjoy a bit of quintessential Titchmarsh.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the United States, British gardener Titchmarsh is best known as the host of the BBC import Ground Force, a garden makeover television program. In the U.K., he has appeared on countless gardening programs, including as the BBC host of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, and written dozens of books and articles on gardening. This new title collects many of his monthly columns from Gardeners’ World Magazine. There are familiar but funny tales of aspiration, frustration, and mystification in the garden. Titchmarsh’s friendly and intimate voice makes it a breezy read. There is not much new information, but those who already enjoy the broadcaster’s lighthearted mixture of horticultural advice and folksy good humor will find plenty of it. They will also discover his more thoughtful musings on life in and out of the garden. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"Titchmarsh's friendly and intimate voice makes it a breezy read."  —Publishers Weekly

"Devoured cover-to-cover or dipped into casually, this rollicking collection of Titchmarsh's most vibrant columns is a true garden of reading delights."  —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444728842
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Titchmarsh is the author of more than 40 gardening books, including The Gardener's YearHow to Be a Gardener, and The Royal Gardeners; the memoirs Knave of Spades and Trowel and Error; and the novels Love and Dr. Devon and Rosie. He has twice been named Gardening Writer of the Year and in 2004 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Writers' Guild.

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Table of Contents

January

The Secret of Success 3

A Day in the Life 6

Humble Yet Mighty 9

Tomorrow's Gardeners 12

Say It with Flowers 15

Chickens for All 18

The Book Towers 20

February

Taking Stock 27

Dreaming of Summer 30

A Tall Story 33

What Lies Beneath 35

Full House 37

The Model Gardener 40

Living with the Enemy 43

March

The Long Game 49

It's a Man Thing 52

A Passion for Alpines 55

Grown with Laughter 58

Nature or Nurture? 60

Getting a Hedge in Gardening 63

The Cupboard Under the Stairs 66

April

I'll Do It My Way 73

Opening Up 76

Tree People 78

My Pet Theory 81

Live and Let Live 83

What's in a Name? 86

Mum 89

May

Sitting Pretty 95

Whatever the Weather 97

The Kitchen Project 100

The Hole Truth 103

Garden of Delights 106

If At First You Don't Succeed... 109

A Magical Tale 112

June

The Mower You Wish For 119

Wear and Tear 121

Joining the Rotary Club 124

There's Chaos in My Order 127

The Listed Loo 130

You Are What You Dig 133

Back to the Nursery 135

July

Water Quandary 141

Behind the Names 143

A British Obsession 145

Predictably Unpredictable 148

On the Origin of Faeces 151

You Can't Please Everyone 154

The Grand Design 157

August

Diary Entry 163

Out of Control 166

The Kindest Cut 168

The Specialist 170

Bold Is Beautiful 173

Brief Encounters 176

Cuppa Plenty 179

September

The Great Survivors 185

AWalk on the Wild Side 188

On Public Display 191

Refining My Taste 193

Pondlife 195

Texted to My Limits 199

Old Friends 202

October

Home Is Where the Heart Is 207

Thinking Big 210

Grumpy Old Gardeners 213

Losing the Label 215

Looking for Dove 218

Plants I Have Loathed 220

Greenfingered, But Not Greenfaced 223

November

A Garden Is for Living 229

As One Gate Closes... 232

Trowels and Tribulations 234

Don't Ask Me! 237

No Place for Games 240

Defending My Shed 243

The Art of Mundanity 245

December

Winter Tales 251

The Great Escape 254

All at Sea 257

Sharing the Garden 259

The State of the Gate 262

A Chance to Unwind 264

I'm Dreaming of a White-Spotted Christmas 268

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