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Contents Introduction The beginnings Influences The history of the site Hellebores Plant obsessives The front garden Autumn sunshine Truth and the garden world The meadow Bulbs The crescent border Gardens and meaning Appearing on telly Persicaria campanulata Buying plants The wild garden Experts Hostas The terrace the the pool Tulips I hate gardening Objects The veg plot The tour Snowdrops and ambivalence The reflecting pool Status Are gardens for gardeners? Roses and taste Water maintenance Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion' Show gardens The conservatory Deadheading Grasses Planting style Succulents Scent Hydrangeas Sharing a garden The woods Visitors New media Exile and belonging
Anne Wareham has been living and gardening in the Welsh borders with her husband Charles Hawes for over thirty years. She has written occasional pieces for the Financial Times on gardens since 1998 and accompanying articles to Charles Hawes' photographs in magazines such as The English Garden and Gardens Illustrated. She contributed a chapter to the Frances Lincoln book Vista and is a founder member of thinkingardens, set up with the support of the RHS to encourage and develop a broader, more enquiring attitude to gardens. Charles Hawes' photographs of gardens regularly appear in the best gardening magazines. He has won several prizes in the annual RHS open photography competition, and was an exhibiting finalist in the 2008 International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition. He supplied all the photographs in Stephen Anderton's recent book Discovering Welsh Gardens, shortlisted for a 2009 Garden Media Guild award.
This book is refreshing for being resolutely contrarian. The author's searing honesty will earn instant respect from many readers - we have all felt like the chapter headed 'I hate gardening', but few of us admit it. The Garden