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From secateurs to seed bombs, hybrids to ha-has, lawnmowers to land artists, the gardening world has long attracted innovators. This delightful book outlines the advances that changed horticulture and the landscape forever. The fascinating and amusing short entries are accompanied by charming specially created illustrations, making this the ideal gift for the gardener in your life.
"Abigail Willis’s lively gallop through assorted horticultural topics is full of interesting nuggets, as she zips from the history of lawnmowers and the modern trend for guerrilla gardening to the exploits of Victorian plant-hunters" - Daily Mail
"Gardening is full of innovations we take for granted. This little 112-page compendium delves into the highways and byways of gardening, profiling 50 aspects of gardening lore both old and recent. It provides insights into secateurs, lawnmowers, herbaceous borders, island beds, topiary and the ha-ha through to aerial gardening and urban greening to climate change" - Garden News
"An amusing and well-illustrated gift book for anyone interested in gadgetry and the progress of garden history" - Gardens Illustrated
“A neat compendium of stories celebrating 50 of gardening's greatest inventions. Classic black line drawings from Dave Hopkins, some intricate and many of them amusing, accompany each entry. Every section of the book is informed and pithy, making this the kind of thoughtful, readable work often found on the bedside table” - The English Garden
"A rollicking potted history of horticulture from the Roman Empire to the inspired innovators of the 19th century, this is one book to dip into and enjoy at your leisure" - Amateur Gardening