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London is home to over 3 million gardens, from pocket handkerchief front yards to historic horticultural sites like Westminster College Garden (over 900 years old and still thriving). For many city dwellers, green has become the new black and a new style of gardening has emerged, reflecting London's diverse population. Allotments and community gardens allow gardenless urbanites to enjoy tending plants and harvesting their own food, fly by night guerrilla gardeners convert neglected public land into verdant oases while vertical planting techniques create gardens that soar into the sky. Tenacious, adaptable and imaginative, London gardeners see opportunities in the most unlikely of places - bombsites, railway and canal embankments, roundabouts and tree pits. This ground-breaking book celebrates the wealth of London's gardens with an inspirational compost of specially commissioned photographs, reviews, practical gardening advice, and useful listings of horticultural societies and projects, plant nurseries and more.
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What a great book. Having gardened in London all my life it feels as if it s been written just for me. I thought I knew all the best gardening places but there are quite a few I hadn't discovered till now and will have to check out. --Joe Swift, garden designer and TV presenter
A rich and colourful journey around London s gardens and gardeners, this beautiful book bursts through the usual definition of gardens and delights in discovering them everywhere, from roof tops to roundabouts. --Richard Reynolds, GuerrillaGardening.org
A brilliant and inspiring book, showing the amazing breadth of creativity going on right now in London gardens. --Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler
Abigail Willis is a freelance writer, art researcher, and professional gardener.
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Book Description Metro Publications, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1902910427