Win A Copy Of ‘Oxford College Gardens’

After a gap of several months, it must be time for a book give-away.

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‘Oxford College Gardens’ by Tim Richardson, is published today by Frances Lincoln and retails at £40.  Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The gardens of Oxford’s colleges are surprisingly varied in style, age and size, ranging from the 16th-century Mount in the middle of New College to the impressive modernist design which is St Catherine’s.  Regency gardening is represented by the magnificent acreage of Worcester, while the twentieth-century vogue for rock gardening is reflected at St John’s. Founded in 1621, the Oxford University Botanic Garden is the oldest in Britain, and holds one of the most diverse plant collections in the world.  From the bijou corners of Corpus Christi to the wide open lawns of Trinity, Oxford’s gardens are full of surprises and hidden corners – not least the fellows’ and masters’ gardens, which are sometimes kept resolutely private but can be enjoyed here.

In this book Tim Richardson’s elegant, authoritative analysis combines with Andrew Lawson’s glorious photographs to reveal the diversity and discreet charm of Oxford’s college gardens.”

If you’d like to enter the draw to win a copy of ‘Oxford College Gardens’ simply:

say that you wish to enter in the “Any Thoughts?” box below


(if you don’t do so already) follow ‘The Anxious Gardener’ blog; follow me on Twitter or like The Anxious Gardener Facebook page.  Or all three!  The relevant follow buttons are top right of this page.

(You can also enter via Twitter or Facebook – check my twitter feed and FB page for details).

Please note that the prize will only be posted to a UK postal address.

The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 13th September 2015.

I’ll draw a name from my hat, contact the winner and add the result to the bottom of this post.

Good luck!


You can order a copy of ‘Oxford College Gardens’ at the discounted price of £32.00 including p&p* (RRP: £40.00).  Telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG356.

*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.


The competition is now closed.  Thanks to everyone for taking part and the winner is Catherine Hookway (@c_hookway).  Congratulations.

94 thoughts on “Win A Copy Of ‘Oxford College Gardens’

  1. Have just hopped here via The Patient Gardener’s fernophile post. A lot of us would love to win this gorgeous book. It is right and proper that callow youth does not appreciate gardening, there has to be some advantage to getting old. And you garden in Sussex? I just need to post this and I will find the follow button. Oh my I keep discovering new and wonderful blogs!


    • I know. Youth is wasted on the callow, isn’t it? I’ve started a list on the advantages of getting older. It’s still quite short but, hopefully, I’ve plenty of time to work on it. Good luck in the draw and thanks very much for the follow. Dave


  2. Would love to enter to win! A friend of mine is at Oxford College (Corpus Christi) and I love visiting because its such a beautiful place!


  3. Just tumbled across your luscious blog… and I’d love to put my name in the pot for the book draw too! Thank you, Tessa


  4. Hi David, please enter my name for the draw too. I’ve very much enjoyed reading about your rhodohypoxis – I bought one plant two years ago without knowing what it was and am HOOKED!
    Best wishes, Helen


  5. My friend’s husband used to work as a gardener until recently in the Oxford College Gardens so I’d love to win this for him.


  6. I would love to enter too. The book looks wonderful. I also live in sunny Suusex so I follow your blog with great interest, we are practically neighbours!


  7. Hello! Sure, enter me! But I am in the U.S., so I’ll pay shipping if I win!! Really nice blog you have here! I’ve enjoyed your photos as well as your writing. We live on an island off the coast of Maine which looks similar to the Farne islands, so it was fun to see how connected we are all around the Atlantic. Nice to peek over your shoulder into your happy life.


    • I imagine the coast of Maine is a good deal colder than Northumberland though otherwise very similar? And I’m so glad you like my blog but please see below about entering the draw. Apologies again. Dave.


  8. Me too! I’d like to enter! I’m in the U.S, though, so I’m probably disqualified, but taking this opportunity really to tell you how much I enjoy your writing and gardening and adventuring blog posts!


    • Thank you very much Jenny and I’m really sorry but it is only UK addresses, I’m afraid. I’ll have a word with the publishers for future competitions but having already stated the conditions, I can’t think it would be fair to make exceptions. I hope you understand. Best Dave


  9. I’d like to enter the draw please!
    I’ve only recently discovered your blog and I really enjoy it. I didn’t realise you did book giveaways too, bonus!


  10. This looks like a gorgeous book. And as jannaschreier says ‘with those beautiful stone buildings as backdrops I can imagine they could be pretty nice places’. Please enter my name into the hat. Many thanks!


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