I feel very fortunate to have been asked if I would do a book review on Dan Pearson's new book
HOME GROUND : Sanctuary in the City. Published 21st March 2011 by Conran Octopus
I received my copy on Saturday and it's such a beautiful book. The cover is dreamy and it has a nice feel about it, I couldn't wait to open it and see what it was like. I wasn't disappointed ! the photography (by Howard Sooley) is superb and it follows Dan for a year whilst he transforms his garden in Peckham, South East London, from an overgrown, bramble covered plot into his own Oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of London.
Dan's book isn't the usual gardening book in that it doesn't tell you how to garden, but leads you through the year in a series of diary like entries which are arranged in seasons. Much can be learned from this book and it certainly gives inspiration and ideas for planting and choosing plants.
It's worth shopping around if you consider buying the book as prices vary. I think it's worth buying and it's such a pleasure to look through. It's also the kind of book that you can dip into to read and it looks good on the coffee table. Below is a YouTube link that takes you to a short video with Dan Pearson talking about his book. It's really worth watching as his garden is lovely.
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