What Gardeners Grow: 600 Plants Chosen by the World’s Greatest Plantspeople

Frances Lincoln. Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780711272903. $35. GARDENING
Gardeners hoping to expand their repertoires can glean expert advice in this variation on a traditional plant encyclopedia. It’s a collection of personal insights about favorite and much-loved plants, shared by 250 gardeners, landscape designers, and others who work with plants, mostly in the UK. More than 600 plants—flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables—are described in short entries written in a variety of styles. For example, some entries are highly technical and include the history of the species and growing specifications, whereas other contributions lean toward personal anecdotes or evocative descriptions of a plant’s appearance. Numerous plants are showcased with bold to winsome illustrations. Basic statistics about each plant are provided, including type, height, sun/shade, soil, and hardiness zone (both USDA and RHS). The plants and contributors are presented in no specified order, but there are indexes for both.
VERDICT Experienced gardeners and other plant aficionados will likely enjoy exploring this distinctive compilation. Recommended for larger public libraries and ones with a botanical focus.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing