Centuries Of Practical Garden Wisdom
Celebrating the garden in all its splendid diversity and rich history!
Over 1000 entries of remarkable information about flowers, vegetables, fruits, trees, herbs, insects, birds, water, soil, tools, composts, climate, recipes, gardens and gardeners, myths, superstitions, biodynamics. In short a collection as profuse and variegated as gardening itself. Woven into this wealth of knowledge are famous quotations, anecdotes, traditional sayings, lines of verse, and words of rural wisdom.
The spirit and focus of the Almanac is British but the wider picture is international as so many of our gardens originated from overseas.
Dry or dull information has no place in the almanac and presentation is as appealing as the content.
“Packed full of recipes, sages, tips and histories, it is a perfect addition to any greenhouse collection...this book has the capacity to encourage, inform and inspire...A perfect present for the green-fingered.”
“Crammed with weird facts and ephemera, time-honoured tips and old sayings...this charming book defies categorisation. It'll come in handy for the pub quiz, though.”
“Collection of nuggets and ancient wisdom related to gardening.”
Sunday Times, Culture section
“The Curious Gardener's Almanac is a beautifully written and produced gem of a book. Just the right size to fit into the pocket of a raincoat it is full of helpful hints garnered over the ages.”
“This is a joyous book.”
Nottingham Evening Post
“Calling on curiosities, wisdom, customs, tips, recipes and quotations spanning hundreds of years, The Curious Gardener's Almanac contains enlightening facts and useful hints for the gardener.”
Lancashire Evening Post
“Perhaps this book should come with a warning to all aspiring horticulturalists: Niall Edworthy is not a gardener! After moving house, and finding himself with a plot to call his own, he decided to get his hands dirty. However, he knew absolutely nothing. After mistaking garlic for asparagus under the watchful and surprisingly tolerant gaze of his neighbour, he decided to seek semi-professional help. The result is this quite amazing collection of time-honoured wisdom, gathered from diverse sources, and covering subjects like good and bad bed-fellows (plants, that is), recipes for all your wonderful home-grown goodies, and titbits like the fact that aubergines were once thought to be poisonous to Christians! This almanac is a definite must for the dabbler as much as for the dedicated gardener. ”
Mr G.R. Davies 'MadBob', Cardiff, Amazon
“[A] quite amazing collection of time-honoured wisdom, gathered from diverse sources . . . This almanac is a definite must for the dabbler as much as for the dedicated gardener.”
Gareth Davies, The Western Mail Series