Win ‘The Thoughtful Gardener’ By Jinny Blom

It has been over six months since I gave away a new, shiny book – which is far too long and I’ll rectify that right now.  ‘The Thoughtful Gardener’ by Jinny Blom will be published by Jacqui Small on 16th March 2017, with an RRP of £35.00 … but I have a copy up for grabs. 


I had planned to review Jinny’s book – as well as hold this competition – but The Thoughtful Gardener’  is so new that my review copy won’t arrive before I leave on a short walking holiday.  In haste then, and instead of my review, here’s a little about the book from the press release:

A prolific designer, Jinny Blom embraces a wide variety of styles, from formal walled gardens to contemporary installations. What defines her work is her skill with plants and her ability to create a garden that responds to the history of the site and the wider landscape. In this book, Jinny shares her insight into the creative process she has developed while designing more than 250 gardens around the world.

For Jinny, design is more a matter of intelligence and appropriateness than imposing a particular style. As such, her approach can be applied to any garden. You can take inspiration from Jinny’s principles and apply them to your own garden, whatever the shape, size of plot or aspect, to make it work for you and for your situation, giving enormous satisfaction for years to come.

Reflecting Jinny’s highly individual character, there is plenty of wit and quirkiness alongside the expert knowledge, and it will appeal to the widest audience of garden lovers. Thoughtful and beautiful, yet practical and informative, this book marries artistry with functionality.

Jinny Blom has enjoyed a meteoric rise as a landscape and garden designer since she began her London-based practice in 2000. Jinny works on a wide range of projects, taking her across the UK, Europe, the United States and Africa. She has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show four times, and was awarded the coveted gold medal in 2007 for her Laurent-Perrier garden. She won a silver-gilt medal at Chelsea in 2002 for her ‘Healing Garden’, created in collaboration with HRH The Prince of Wales, and in 2013 she designed a garden commissioned by HRH Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale. She has been a columnist for The Times and has appeared in a wide range of publications.

For your chance to win a copy of the ‘The Thoughtful Gardener simply:

say you want to enter in the “Any Thoughts” box below


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

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

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

The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 19th March 2017.

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

Good luck!


To order ‘The Thoughtful Gardener at a special 20% discount, visit and use discount code: BLOM20 (at checkout).

Offer valid from 1st March – 31st March 2017 only.


The competition is now closed.  Thank you to everyone for taking part and the winner is Brad Willet via the blog.  Congratulations.

Ooops.  Well, it appears Brad doesn’t have a UK address after all.  The final (?) winner is Ann Dukes.  Congratulations.





60 thoughts on “Win ‘The Thoughtful Gardener’ By Jinny Blom

  1. David–I’d be chuffed if you could pull my name out of your hat. I am following a long and I too am an anxious gardener and at times can be quite impatient at that! This book would be a great addition to my empty garden bookshelf as I strive to change my community’s approach to landscaping and how they perceive each part of their role in our ecosystem. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. Yes please! would love to add my name to the hat. It would be timely as I’m pondering major garden re-works as I type. I would also like to also add my thanks for your delightful musings and photographs.

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  3. If there’s room in the hat for me, I’d be grateful. Enjoy your walking (though walking to and from work while the car gets fixed isn’t much of a holiday). 🙂

    But may I be a clever clogs (if you ever speak to me again) and point out that (at the time of commenting) 20% off £35 means a purchase price of £28 (with free shipping) but it’s £23.81 here (including shipping). Of course, the price “here” may rise whereas your offer is probably fixed.

    Off to hide now 🙂

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    • I’m sure I can squeeze you in John.

      I had hoped to do a Wales walk this year but I’m not going quite so far on this occasion. Otherwise, I’d have camped in your back garden.

      Clever Clogs indeed. I’d seen that you can pick up the book for less on Amazon but the publishers ask that I include their offer. As far as I know no-one has ever taken advantage of these offers. D


  4. How incredibly thoughtful and kind of you. Of course I would love to win it. But I also reiterate what Lorna Jones said, how about a book yourself, your photos are fabulous and I often look at them and try to use them as a source of inspiration for our garden here in France. Have a wonderful walking holiday, hope the weather is neither too hot nor too cold!

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