The Bad Tempered Gardener
Seeing gardening as a serious and even outrageous art form has placed Anne Wareham well outside of what usually passes for discussion of gardens. Impatient with received ideas, eager to provoke, The Bad-Tempered Gardener is the story of her development as a thinking gardener and the creation with her husband, Charles Hawes, of their acclaimed garden in the Welsh borders, the Veddw.
From the strange (plant obsessives, a bizarre debut as a television presenter) to the everyday (deadheading, sharing a garden), with frequent paeans to favourite plants and thoughtful pieces on show gardens and status, this is an intelligent, pugnacious and engaging book. It also unflinchingly conveys the challenges, the hard work, triumphs and failures behind the creation and development of a substantial contemporary garden.
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Excellent book well worth buying.User Review - Brodders - Tesco
A very enjoyable and educated read. It is challenging, refreshing and full of new ideas and breaks with convention. Some of the chapters are pure poetry and the pictures compliment the whole. I can't recommend it enough. Read full review
Review: The Bad Tempered GardenerUser Review - Goodreads
I liked this book mostly. I liked the refreshing attitude to planting and design and the critical stance against plant collectors and garden experts. It gave me some good ides for my own garden but I had no interest in meadows and woods. My suburban garden has no requirement for such info. Read full review