The Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing Trees
The Art and Science to grow with confidence
by ; Tony Kirkham
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 19 Oct 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion, Frances Lincoln
With authoritative advice from Kew tree expert Tony Kirkham and the Kew Gardens team, this is the ultimate companion to growing and planting trees. In addition, there are twelve tree-related projects to inspire every green-fingered gardener.
There is a place in every garden for a tree, but before buying it is important to think about why and what you are planting and where. Do you want to plant for privacy, as a single ornamental specimen for seasonal interest or to attract wildlife? Such key considerations are discussed by the Head of the Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He also explains the practicalities of growing a tree as well as describing and illustrating a wide range of trees in detail, for every size of garden.
The Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing Trees is part of the Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing series and is accompanied by Growing Herbs, Growing House Plants, Growing Vegetables, Growing Orchids and Growing Fruit.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 7 members
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.
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.
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.