Partly a memoir of her own life in gardens (Cairo, Somerset and Oxfordshire), this is also an exploration of gardens in literature, from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to Virginia Woolf and Larkin.
Arcadian encounters on the Rosneath Peninsula in western Scotland: this is beautifully produced, medium format clothbound volume.
The iconic Italian garden built in the ruins of a medieval village near Rome, restored in the 1920s by Prince Gelasio Caetani. A reissue by the Friends of Ninfa and scarce.
The gardens of Lakes Como and Maggiore, including those at the villas Carlotta, del Balbianello, d’Este, Cicogna Mozzoni, della Porta Bozzolo, Isola Bella, Isola Madre, San Remigio and Taranto.
A serious botanical study, beautifully produced, on colonial gardens and their legacy.
A magnificently illustrated volume. Covers all species and about a hundred hybrids.
A tribute to John Evelyn’s original, with over 200 drawings
An illustrated diary of Irish oaks and limes, Patagonian monkeypuzzles, Tibetan magnolias, golden oaks, blue-stemmed maples… by the tree-nut’s tree nut.
Johnson is registrar of the Tree Register of the British Isles, and his book is a detailed and wide-ranging survey of tree species both native and foreign.