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Review: My secret garden : a personal tour of my own private plot / Alan Titchmarsh.

April 29, 2013
Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

 Alan Titchmarsh is Britain’s most famous gardener. He has written 60 gardening books and 8 bestselling novels. In Britain he writes for magazines, appears on TV and has presented coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for 25 years.I took this book home with the intention of looking at the beautiful photos of his private four acre garden in all four seasons. But I found the text equally enjoyable.  His previous garden was used for filming and photography for 20 years, but as he likes to share his garden, he allowed the photographs to be taken for this book over a period of seven years.What I couldn’t get over was how matter of fact and down to earth he is. He tells of his successes, his failures and the ‘I should have known better’ moments. He writes of his first glass house which he built as a teenager using a roll of polythene and some timber his plumber father brought home. He says that although each successive glasshouse has been larger and flasher he got the same kick out of that first humble one. What he used to grow in his glasshouse is the same as what he grows now, and that in ten years time he will without doubt still be growing the same things in it, because that is what he likes. No slave to fashion.

Although most of us don’t garden on this  scale there are still plenty of ideas to be found in this book.If you love gardening and/or garden tours you will love this book.

by Janice

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