Thoughtful Gardening: Great Plants Great Gardens Great Gardeners

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Thoughtful Gardening is based on Robin Lane Fox's own selection from his widely admired FT column, which he has rewritten and amplified with new chapters to take readers on a highly enjoyable journey through each season of the gardening year. It draws on his lifetime of practical gardening, including his years as Garden Master of New College, Oxford, and contains many memories of fellow gardeners, from Christopher Lloyd to Nancy Lancaster. The book is essential reading for anyone setting out on a new garden or taking stock of one. It takes a critical look at fashions of the moment and is full of advice, ranging from problems with badgers to how to take root-cuttings or choose flowering trees, as well as examples of gardens at home and abroad which Robin Lane Fox has visited over many years. Thoughtful Gardening combines a principled view of the craft of gardening with dozens of new ideas for planting and visiting, and touching reminders of the power of literature and art to deepen what we see and realize in gardens of our own.

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Robin Lane Fox is Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford, and was until 2014 Reader in Ancient History in Oxford University. He is the author of Pagans and Christians (1986), The Unauthorised Version (1992) and many books on classical history, including Alexander the Great (1973), The Classical World (2005) and Travelling Heroes (2008), all of which have been widely translated. He has been the gardening correspondent of the Financial Times since 1970.

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Penelope Hobhouse, author of In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World
Thoughtful Gardening is clever, educational, inspiring and replete with witty asides—we are the fortunate readers. This is not an ordinary ‘how-to’ gardening book but a brilliant exploration of a gardening passion.”

Gregory Long, President of The New York Botanical Garden
 
“For everyone who loves plants and gardening, this ‘mixed border’ of a book will be one of the best reads ever—erudite, sensible, fearless. Dip into these brilliant essays, and you will have so much fun—laughing at Robin’s stories and his sardonic wit; learning about good plants and flower gardening; reveling in the author’s pithy profiles of celebrity gardeners; thinking about the rich connections among gardening, history, and literature; and traveling with him to important gardens all over the world, where he always has an original take on the history and horticulture of the place. This is garden writing at the highest level."

Town & Country
“[A] collection of witty essays about the pleasures of working the land. Fox, the long-time gardening columnist at the Financial Times, finds delights everywhere from Capri to China, but his greatest inspiration seems to be home: England.” Booklist

“After writing weekly gardening columns for the Financial Times for 40 years and penning two gardening books (Better Gardening and Variations on a Garden), Lane Fox still has plenty of observations to pass along. Like many wise gardeners, he strongly believes in thoughtful flower gardening—knowing plants’ origins and growing them well in places suitable for them and for humans.... The appreciation of the arts he interjects throughout this work is unusual in a gardening book and quite pleasurable.” Gregory Long, “What He’s Reading,” Crain’s New York Business“One of the most brilliant garden books in years.” Helen Dillon, The Financial TimesThoughtful Gardening is undoubtedly the best gardening book for the past 30 years—provocative, full of information, witty and very funny. Lane Fox is the leading gardening writer in Britain and can say exactly what he thinks. I love this book and wish I hadn’t read it all in one go.” The Times Higher Education (UK)

“Arranged under the four seasons are many of the challenging articles on gardening that Robin Lane Fox has written over 40 years in his weekly column for the Financial Times...Leavening it all is a genial bawdy wit and the unrepentant defiance of a politically incorrect fox-hunter who is not content merely to trap and kill the squirrels that raid his flower beds, but also offers tempting recipes for cooking and eating them.” The Spectator (UK)“[Thoughtful Gardening] is a summation of the Lane Fox gardening doctrine, this time mixing more or less practical advice on particular plants — Later Clematis, Sociable Deutzias, Desirable Dahlias, the Etna Broom — with more discursive essays, recalling great gardeners, visiting gardens from Texas to Odessa, all these pieces, which are organised seasonally, being deftly linked to make an easy continuous read.” Booklist, Top 10 Craft and Gardening Books: 2010
“This immense wealth of practical information and insight supports the maxim that sometimes devoted gardeners love reading about gardening almost more than the actual act itself.”

“As the venerated gardening columnist for Britain’s Financial Times, acclaimed author, and Garden Master at Oxford University, the acerbic, intuitive, and erudite Fox trots out his own well-honed appreciation for specific cultivars, shares his frustrations with stealthy squirrels and belligerent badgers, and dishes on horticultural divas from Nancy Lancaster to Christopher Lloyd in a seasonal collection of expressive essays in which he travels the world, from his own cozy Cotswold garden to Yves Saint Laurent’s opulent Marrakech retreat.” Publishers Weekly“For Fox, flower gardens are human creations informed by art, history, science, politics, and personality. He takes readers on a year-long tour that combines practical guidance, serious reflection, and humorous provocations.... Opinionated, witty, and erudite, this collection is an example of the best garden writing.” Library Journal

Marilyn K. Alaimo, GardenClub.org “[A] fascinating collection of short chapters.... [A] literary gem.... The book is highly recommended for its success in guiding both novice and experienced persons into becoming more knowledgeable gardeners.”

 

Country Gardens
“To turn a popular saying on its head, well-crafted prose in a gardening book is often worth a thousand pretty pictures. Proof of this is Robin Lane Fox’s latest book, which takes the reader through the four seasons with a series of essays as entertaining as they are informative.... [T]his erudite Englishman is unafraid to share his opinions, which might tickle or prickle (depending on whether we agree with him), and which are based on years of experience tending his own gardens and hobnobbing with some of the best gardeners in the world.... This thought-provoking book on this dirty subject is one any thoughtful reader will return to again and again–for information, inspiration, and perhaps a chuckle or two.”

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