It draws on his lifetime of practical gardening and reflects his many years as Garden Master of New College, Oxford, as well as his own Cotswold garden, illustrated here for the first time. It includes his memories of many fellow gardeners whose contributions to garden history are caught in new and vivid detail, from Christopher Lloyd to Rosemary Verey, Valerie Finnis to Nancy Lancaster, with whom he gardened as a young man.
Thoughtful Gardening combines a principled view of the craft of gardening with dozens of new ideas for garden planting and garden visiting and touching reminders of the power of literature and art to deepen what we see and realise in gardens of our own.
Written with Robin Lane Fox’s distinctive style and wit, and dazzling in its scope, Thoughtful Gardening is a book of both practical and literary insights which will be enjoyed by wholehearted gardeners and uncommitted onlookers alike.
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Thoughtful Gardening is undoubtedly the best gardening book for the past 30 years... Helen Dillon
If your aim in life is to live it richly — in thought, in habit, in articulation — then grab the book, fluff the cushions and settle in for some necessary winter’s reading. Higher praise, we can’t imagine.
This, [Lane Fox’s] third gardening book, is also his first in 25 years, but little here feels fusty or irrelevant
The Economist Full Review
The armchair gardening book of the year.
The Evening Standard
Existing fans will need no persuading, but for those who do not take the pink newspaper, this book provides a way in to one of our finest horticultural writers.
Opinionated, witty, and erudite, this collection is an example of the best garden writing
Publishers Weekly, US Full Review