The modern gardener A practical guide to gardening creatively, productively and sustainably

Frances Tophill

Book - 2022

We no longer just want to garden, we want to engage with the land--the plants in it, the animals, insects and even the fungi. The Modern Gardener isn't just about creating a space that simply looks visually stunning, but about encouraging wildlife, reducing our carbon footprint and making our outdoor and indoor space more useful in all areas of our lives. As well as how to select and grow your plants, there is also information for how to design your garden alongside a variety of plant-based recipes, from delicious drinks to natural dyes that can easily be made at home.

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London, UK : Kyle Books, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group Limited 2022.
Main Author
Frances Tophill (author)
Other Authors
Rachel Warne (photographer)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
191 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • Wildlife + Eco-friendly Gardening
  • Garden Design + Green Thinking
  • Houseplants
  • A Space to Grow, Eat + Preserve
  • Propagating Plants
  • The Cut-flower Garden
  • The Apothecary Garden
  • Plant Dyes + Fabrics
  • Drinks
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Gardening is "a place for productivity and reducing our personal impact on the world's resources," according to this pleasant outing from British horticulturalist Tophill (Rewild Your Garden). She begins with a convincing argument for building a varied and rich garden that provides "abundant food for a huge variety of species" including frogs and birds. Indeed, readers will find suggestions for "eco-friendly gardening" including a "right plant, right place system" for choosing crops that, after a year or two, will "need little or no intervention," and a basic primer on plant categories. Tophill digs into houseplants (and gives tips for where to put them), flower gardening (guiding readers through making their own arrangements), plant dyes, and herb gardening, sharing as well recipes that put them to use including an elderflower cordial and blackcurrant vodka. Some of the plant recommendations may be unfamiliar to American readers ("good King Henry" spinach and Jostaberry, for example), but if the book's stunning photography doesn't capture readers, its no-nonsense approach to eco-friendly gardening will: "This is about... relaxing, balancing our needs with environmental concerns, and gardening in a time frame that suits us." This one's full of fun ideas. (Apr.)

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