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The Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing Trees

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Re you looking for great advice on how to take care of your trees,  then look no further!  This is the book for you!  The Kew Garden's tree expert gives great practical advice about trees,  where and why to plant a particular tree.  This is a great practical book!
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This is a fantastic book, clearly explaining pretty much everything you need to know about choosing a tree and growing one. 
It starts from the basics of what actually is a tree, what forms they take, what to think about when you're buying a tree, how to plant and look after your new tree through to pests and diseases and your responsibilities as a tree owner and even propagation of new trees. The book has lovely clear photos to make it clear what the text is talking about.

The last 2/3 of the book are a list of trees you might want to grow, with drawings for all, and photos for some. Each tree has a page to itself telling you where it likes to grow, it's habit, typical height, hardiness and tips on how to grow.
Interspersed between the listing of trees are tree related projects, for example craft ideas for fallen leaves, making a bee hotel, growing a tree from seed, growing a tree on a balcony and much more.

I highly recommend this book to budding tree growers.
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This is a very different and well written book on trees that keeps ones interest, not only on the tree. but the projects offered in the book, add another dimension to all things trees.  
The book  is well laid out, lots of information from planting, care, propagating and more. Fabulous photos and illustrations, and including some easy projects to do with trees such as collage with autumn leaves,growing your own Christmas tree, bee hotel, topiary ball, how to age trees and much much more. 
I really enjoyed this book, it is one I will pick up often and look for advise in - but really where else would one go than the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew  for  tree knowledge.
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I have read, and loved, several of the Kew Gardener’s Guides and this one on growing trees is no exception. With gorgeous photos and illustrations, helpful how-tos and easy to follow information on popular trees, this is a great book to have on hand when learning about trees and their care!

We have a garden full of unusual trees so I’ve spent much time investigating and trying to work out what each is. And then they had babies! So now, we have Ginkgo growing from a branch in a pot! I picked up this book to learn how to care for our beautiful trees and I couldn’t have picked a better one to learn from. It has 12 great projects, lovely tips and a wealth of information on a wide variety of trees.

If you are looking for a wonderful book, beautiful illustrations and wisdom, I highly recommend this one, it’s five out five on the enJOYment scale.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I always enjoy the Kew Gardener's Guides. This tree guide doesn't disappoint. It is visually appealing and informative! Highly recommended!
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This is a well illustrated, very informative guide to growing trees in the home garden. There are many profiles of trees with information and photos of each, along with lots of good info on propagation, pruning, problems, etc. There are even some fun projects related to trees, trimmed branches and leaves.

Be aware that the zone information is completely wrong throughout, though. It lists very cold hardy trees like oaks, dogwoods, maples and mulberries as zone 6 or 7 when they easily grow in a zone 3 or 4 garden, if not colder. Then it lists trees like olive as zone 4 when they could not possibly grow in a zone 4 yard. The temperature ranges are also incorrect, and often don't match the zone listed. Olives, for instance, are listed as tolerating temperatures down to the 20's F when zone 4 is something like -30, and they have olive trees incorrectly listed as zone 4 trees. Meanwhile, they say trees like oaks can handle only temps above zero, which is utterly false. Hopefully these will be corrected before publication.

There is not a huge range of trees profiled, but it's a great guide to trees in general.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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Excellent book and page design, and the photos and diagrams are very clear and easy to follow. Highly recommend for beginners getting into tree care.
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