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Gardener's Guide to Native Plants of Britain and Ireland

By Rosemary FitzGerald

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ISBN: 9781847973092
PUBLISHED: 06/01/2012
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 217 colour photographs, 7 mono drawings

Britain and Ireland have fascinating and beautiful wild flowers, but many gardeners are unfamiliar with this precious resource.
This guide is designed to introduce some of our native plants, revealing them as useful, charming, disease-resistant and hardworking additions to conventional gardens, rather than as threatening weeds.
Written with infectious enthusiasm by a professional field researcher, it celebrates the remarkable qualities of our native plants, and describes their close involvement in our own heritage in the hope that revealing their rich history may help secure them a place in the future.

  • Over 200 of the most rewarding and easily grown of our wild flowers are featured, their needs and habits explained, and their cultural and historical significance noted
  • Suggestions are given for their individual use in gardens, so that they may contribute to and enhance even conventional settings
  • Warnings are included about plants that may behave too wildly
  • Species accounts are organised into chapters focusing on the seasons when the plants have their greatest garden value

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" It is an extraordinary achievement to have in a relatively slim volume so much to inspire interest and inform at all levels, with scientific accuracy yet in a completely down-to-earth readable way. Whether as a newcomer to wild flowers or an 'old hand' there is much to learn and enjoy. It is a book to buy, or put on your Christmas list! "
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Reviewed By: The Wild Flower Society Magazine

" It takes a great deal to find another approach to flowers, wild or garden species, bearing in mind just how many books cover this subject these days. This one more than meets that challenge and is one of the most interesting and very readable on flowers I have reviewed. "
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Reviewed By: Highland News

" This is a delightful book which I can thoroughly recommend to anyone who loves wild plants and would like to introduce some of the best forms into their own garden in a practical way. "
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Reviewed By: Exmoor

" In this delightful and informative guide, a knowledgeable field botanist enourages us to reconsider the use of native plants for traditional beds and borders.
This book would appeal to anyone who would like to make greater use of our tough, yet beautiful, native species in a garden setting using a wider range of these easy to grow, sustainable treasures. "
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Reviewed By: Gardens Illustrated

" In this engaging book, Rosemary FitzGerald reassesses 'some of our British and Irish wildings, and see[s] how some can make a positive contribution to modern gardens'. This is not the same as 'wildflower' or 'wildlife' gardening. I do the latter, yet found a lot of new, pertinent information in her unfussy prose. "
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Reviewed By: Hardy Plant Society

" This excellent and very readable book is rather different from most guides to our native British flora. The writing reflects the acknowledged expertise and enthusiasm of the author, but it is written in such a way that having once started reading it, you don't want to stop! "
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Reviewed By: Somerset Gardens Trust Newsletter

" Rosemary Fitzgerald is one of the best writers alive on wild plants and gardening. She wears her knowledge lightly; her tone is relaxed, assured and - for want of a better word - happy. If you have the slightest interest in wildflower gardening, I urge you to buy it. "
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Reviewed By: British Wildlife

" This is a timely and inspiring book, and a welcome reminder to gardeners of the beauty and value of our botanical heritage. "
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Reviewed By: Garden Design Journal

" Rosemary Fitzgerald has been a botanist since childhood, a rare plant surveyor for the Nature Conservancy Council and, more recently, a professional horticulturalist; no-one is better qualified to write this book. She has perfectly blended folklore and culture with more practical assessments of the value of plants, hints on their conservation, and of course, useful notes on how to successfully grow them at home. "
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Reviewed By: Plant Life

" This book is written with charm and infectious enthusiasm that will make you want to grow these native plants. It is clearly designed and lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, many of them not only by the author but also by photographer Bob Gibbons, and with additional delightful black and white illustrations from an old book of the Art Nouveau period. "
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Reviewed By: Country Gardener

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