RHS Chelsea 2019

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RHS Chelsea 2019

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We are delighted to be having a stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year – a first for us – and have therefore compiled a catalogue of the latest and best gardening and horticultural books in print. If you should notice the absence of books published by the RHS, this is because we have been asked not to include books published by them as there will be a dedicated RHS stand at the Show. We do of course stock many of these in our shop in Blacklands Terrace and are happy to supply them by mail order or on our premises as usual.

We will be offering free UK postage for small parcels on orders from this list of £30 and over – made online or in person in the shop, over the telephone or at our stand – up until the end of June. For parcels weighing over 2kg, we will offer free UK postage on orders of £100 and over for the same period.

As well as this list, we have created four new Subscriptions especially for this year’s Flower Show. These make the perfect gifts for gardening and natural history fanatics. Click here to find out more.

We look forward very much to the Show and look forward to seeing some of you there! Wish us luck!

01. RHS Chelsea 2019: Latest Publications

02. RHS Chelsea 2019: Gardens of Britain

03. RHS Chelsea 2019: Gardens of the World

  • Japanese Gardens and Landscapes, 1650-1950

    Wybe Kuitert

    The aesthetic journey, informed by Chinese literary models, from untamed countryside as the non plus ultra location for a cup of tea, to artful contrivance of moss, water, stone and kiosk.

    Hardback £60.00
  • The Irish Garden

    Jane Powers, photographs by Jonathan Hession

    Forty of the most romantic and interesting gardens in Ireland, by a respected journalist and garden writer.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Paradise Gardens: The World’s Most Beautiful Islamic Gardens

    Monty Don, photographs by Derry Moore

    Islamic gardens from Spain to India – ordered spaces for repose and contemplation, with pools, paths and fountains, reminders of heaven for the earth-bound.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Gardens of Corfu

    Rachel Weaving, with photographs by Marianne Majerus

    Beautiful coffee table book, large format, with stunning photographs of private gardens which range from romantic old estates and highly personal ‘grandmothers’ gardens’ to stunning contemporary works by international designers. The ‘Garden Island’ has more rainfall than anywhere else in the Aegean.  The newer gardens are designed for sustainability, conserving water and drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and the procession of wildflowers through the seasons. Outstanding.


    With a preface by Mary Keen.

    Hardback £49.95
  • Gardens on the Edge: A journey through Australian landscapes

    Christine Reid, photographs by Simon Griffiths

    Eighteen gardens from every state and territory and in every kind of terrain from rainforest to bushland, mountain to coast. Beautiful, diverse, exotic and resilient.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Morocco in Bloom

    Giuppi Pietromarchi, photographs by Giulio Pietromarchi

    The author, an Italian landscape designer, spent several years living in Rabat and has previously written about the gardens at Ninfa. This book looks at the plants suitable for southern Mediterranean gardens, arranged month by month as they flower. Includes many photographs of the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.

    Hardback £35.00
  • The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

    Linda Jane Holden, photographs by Roger Foley

    BM designed the gardens for her own houses in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua and Virginia, as well as gardens at the White House for the Kennedys and in France for Hubert de Givenchy. Includes her plans, sketches and watercolours, as well as old and new photographs.

    Hardback £45.00
  • Ninfa: The Most Romantic Garden In The World

    Charles Quest-Ritson

    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.

    Hardback £40.00
  • La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany

    Benedetta Origo

    Iris Origo’s delicious garden: edited by her granddaughter.

    Hardback £58.00
  • Gardens Of The Italian Lakes

    Stephen Desmond & Marianne Majerus

    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.

    Hardback £35.00
  • New Nordic Gardens

    Annika Zetterman

    Scandinavian landscape design – understated plantings and modernist hard landscaping.

    Hardback £28.00
  • The Art of the Garden: Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

    Chantal Colleu-Dumond

    Chaumont, the quintessential white-stone Loire castle, has vast gardens with borders melting into swathes of parkland laid out by Henri Duchene. It also hosts an annual international garden festival.

    Hardback £85.00
  • Gardens of the World: Two Thousand Years of Garden Design

    Jean-Paul Pigeat

    Mixing the traditional with the contemporary, the ostentatious with the more intimate, old and new. A gorgeous large-format survey by the organiser of the Chaumont Garden Festival.

    Hardback £40.00
  • The History Of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens

    Linda A Chisholm

    A chunky book, handsomely illustrated, from the Alhambra to Ireland, Japan to NY. The short accompanying essays make connect the gardens to art, culture and politics.

    Hardback £38.99

04. RHS Chelsea 2019: Garden History

  • The Hampton Court Albums Of Catherine The Great

    Mikhail Dedinkin et al

    This rather dry- and narrow-sounding title is perfectly accurate, but it applies to what is in fact the most exquisite of the numerous publications this year on Capability Brown. It contains watercolours and drawings for Hampton Court and its surroundings by Brown’s chief draughtsman and surveyor, John Spyers. While the designs were never used, Brown knew the place pretty well because he was chief gardener there to King George III for 20 years. The designs were bought by the Russian Empress who was particularly fond of the English style of landscaping. Vanished and forgotten, they only recently resurfaced from some deep vault of the Hermitage.

    Hardback £32.00
  • The Most Glorious Prospect: Garden Visiting in Wales, 1639-1900

    Bettina Harden

    Welsh parks and gardens through the eyes of passing travellers – which of course received a tremendous boost from the Picturesque movement and the Napoleonic Wars. Illustrated and scholarly, with lots of witty historical anecdote too.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England and Wales

    Jill Francis

    A fascinating and detailed study of Elizabethan and C17th gardens, their gardeners, plantings, designs and gardening practices. Far from all are “grand”, most are “gentlemanly”.

    Hardback £35.00
  • A Little History of British Gardening

    Jenny Uglow

    An richly anecdotal tour of our national obsession by a brilliant and idiosyncratic historian. Plant-hunters, apprentice gardening boys, allotments, tools, parks, grottoes, vistas…

    Hardback £18.99
  • Essay on Gardens: A Chapter in the French Picturesque

    Claude-Henri Watelet, edited by Samuel Danon

    Published in 1774, this is one of the earliest texts showing the progressive shift in French taste from the classical model of the gardens at Versailles to the picturesque or natural style of garden design in the late eighteenth century. First English translation.

    Hardback £37.00
  • Great British Gardeners

    Vanessa Berridge

    450 years of them, from Gerrard to Chatto via Humphry Repton, Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, Christopher Lloyd etc.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Gardens of Court and Country: English Design 1630-1730

    David Jacques

    The formal gardens that were largely swept away in the C18th by the passion for the Picturesque.

    Hardback £45.00
  • Ideas of Chinese Gardens: Western Accounts, 1300-1860

    Bianca Maria Rinaldi

    The earliest accounts of these then mysterious and exotic gardens came from Marco Polo and several Jesuit missionaries; later accounts include those of Robert Fortune and William Chambers. All fed the European appetite for chinoiserie. A remarkable survey based on primary sources, illustrated.

    Hardback £74.00
  • Flora’s Empire: British Gardens In India

    Eugenia W Herbert

    A serious botanical study, beautifully produced, on colonial gardens and their legacy.

    Hardback £45.00

05. RHS Chelsea 2019: Botanical Art

06. RHS Chelsea 2019: Botanical Reference

07. RHS Chelsea 2019: Botany & Natural History

08. RHS Chelsea 2019: Trees

09. RHS Chelsea 2019: Garden Designers

10. RHS Chelsea 2019: Practical Gardening

11. RHS Chelsea 2019: The Gardener's Table

12. RHS Chelsea 2019: Miscellaneous