Scotland for Gardeners : The Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres Paperback
by Kenneth Cox
Illustrated by Ray Cox
This book is a compact color guide of the largest survey of Scottish gardens ever mounted and the first such guidebook to all that Scotland can offer garden and plant lovers.
Including descriptions of virtually all Scotland's gardens which are open to the public, it recommends when to visit and what to look out for.
Gardens are described in a pithy and lively style. Also covered are specialist nurseries, garden centers, wildflower walks, shows, public parks and more.
The book includes useful maps showing routes for day trips and short-break tours and is illustrated throughout with full-color images by Ray Cox, the photographer of Suki Urquhart's "The Scottish Gardener".
This is the ideal book for the Scot or the tourist who wishes to explore the world of gardens and plants in Scotland.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 492 pages, Colour photographs throughout
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 28/05/2009
- Category: Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
- ISBN: 9781841585765
- Paperback from £18.65
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Review by antisyzygy
A fantastic guidebook with real character. Not only does it cover the usual suspects e.g. National Trust gardens, but dozens(at least!) you'll not find elsewhere, such as Yellow Book gardens, and 'hidden' urban spaces such as the Provand's Lordship garden in Glasgow. It also cover nurseries, not hived off into a separate section, but alonside the gardens, which recognises the importance of the independent and specialist nurseries place in the gardening world. There's a short introduction covering the history of gardening in Scotland, and it's current place in economy and society.Anybody who has ever met or heard Kenneth Cox, will recognise the writing immediately: informed, entertaining and unstuffy. He manages to find new things say about some very well known gardens and to make it personal (see his comments on the Garden of Cosmic Speculation for example). The photography is by Ray Cox, who seems set to become another distinguished member of the Glendoick dynasty.This is a must-have for anyone interested in Scottish gardens and gardening. It's a good size, for both reading and portability and sets a new standrad in garden guides in being so much more.