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Gardens & Outdoor Living Books

Add to your library with my highly recommended books on Gardens & Outdoor Living. Growing up with an English Cottage style garden, I have long adored classic garden styles, these wonderful books are my own favourites and those on my wish list.

This collection has been carefully curated by interior decorator Vanya Wilkinson of Wilkinson Interiors.


Gorgeous Gardens

Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden 

Oh Sissinghurst, is there a garden finer?!
I first visited Sissinghurst in 2004 and I was totally captivated, it was like a garden from a dream. This wonderful volume written by Sarah Raven, a famous U.K gardener who is married to Vita’s grandson; also includes design notes from Vita herself.


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Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations

Celebrated interior designer Charlotte Moss turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. Charlotte Moss’s greatest muse is the garden, touring through her own gardens, Moss offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life

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The English Country House Garden

There is something special about the English country house garden and have always been my favourite garden style. This wonderful book takes us through some of the England’s most wonderful gardens, including my favourite Sissinghurst.

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Bunny Williams: On Garden Style

One of my favourite designers Bunny Williams is a prolific gardener. In this wonderful book Williams visits impeccably designed gardens around the world, shedding light on the key components that make a garden so appealing and idyllic.

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Cottage Gardens: A Celebration of Britain’s Most Beautiful Cottage Gardens

I grew up with a cottage garden and have a deep love of their wide herbaceous borders, climbing roses and jasmine. This book showcases many cottage gardens including writer Thomas Hardy’s cottage in Dorset and Beatrix Potter’s Cumbrian home, Hill Top.

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Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design World

These designers and their interior design counterparts, such as Celerie Kemble, Bunny Williams, and Jeffrey Bilhuber, invite us into their private gardens. This beautifully photographed book shows where these tastemakers find much of their inspiration.

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Selina Lake: Garden Style

I received this book for Christmas last year and it has quickly become a favourite! Full of lush cottage style gardens, this lovely books is full of tips on how to style your outdoor space and create an environment you really want to spend time in. Selina even lists her sources, so you can replace the look.

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The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage

David Culp’s beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The Layered Garden shows you how to recreate Culp’s majestic display. Please note: this is an e-book.

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Paul Bangay’s: Country Gardens

My favourite Australian garden design, Paul has incredible vision. Designing gardens with wonderful scope and depth, he really is a true inspiration, particularly for us living ‘Down Under’.

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Paul Bangay: The Garden at Stonefields

Premier Australian Landscape Designer takes us through his own incredible garden, Stonefields. Truly inspiring.

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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

The Doyen of American garden design Bunny Mellon, although self-taught in horticulture went on to design Kennedy’s Rose Garden at the White House. Her love of gardening began as a child & became a life long passion. With her immense resources Mrs Mellon, created timeless gardens at her many properties.

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Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a magical part of the England, I have had the great pleasure to visit on a number of occasions. This beautiful corner of England has a rich tradition of garden making; with charming villages, golden stone houses, enjoy this gorgeous slice of the Cotswolds.

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Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden

Sumptuously illustrated, this thoughtful look at the process of garden-making shares insights gleaned over a long career that will inspire you to create a garden rich in context, personal vision, and spirit.

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Highgrove: An English Country Garden

The Prince of Wales has not only created an incredible English Country Garden, at Highgrove, but it is one of the world’s most celebrated examples of organic gardening. This beautiful book will delight and inspire gardeners of every level.

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A Time To Plant: Southern Style Garden Living

James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South, in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements. Please note: this is an e-book.

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Secret Gardeners: Britain’s Creatives Reveal Their Private Sanctuaries

A captivating photographic portrait of the private gardening passions of 25 of the UKs foremost artists, designers, actors, producers, composers, playwrights & sculptors.

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New Wild Garden: Natural Style Planting & Practicalities

There is something so liberating about a wild garden, even elements of wild planting against a more structured garden. This book is a practical guide to growing wildflowers; how incorporate wildflowers, real meadows & a looser meadow-style planting into gardens & wild spaces.

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English Gardens: From the Archives of Country Life Magazine

An unprecedented in-depth look at the English garden by one of Britain’s foremost garden writers and authorities, this book showcases the enduring appeal of the English garden whose verdant lawns and borders of colourful plants are the inspiration for garden lovers worldwide.

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Brooke & Steve Giannetti: Patina Living

The Giannetti’s give us an intimate look inside their charming lifestyle farm in California, with the sweetest animals! They have created rustic & modern European farmhouse charm inside & out; it really is like something from a fairytale.

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Paul Bangay: Stonefields by the Seasons

I am really excited about Paul’s new book! His own garden of Stonefields is so inspiring, it will be wonderful to see how it has evolved over the years since his first book.

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Outdoor Living

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living

Take a private tour of magnificent homes with lush gardens, inviting courtyards, and pools set amid breathtaking landscapes. Created by the world’s best designers, these environments are among the most spectacular ever featured in Veranda.

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Porch Living: James T Farmer III

Today’s porches offer comfort and elegance, and, most importantly, an addition to the home and garden. Be inspired. Available as hardcover or as an e-book.

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