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. 

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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

and

(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!

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

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

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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.

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Win A Copy Of The ‘RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening’

The new, updated edition of the ‘RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ is released on 1st Septemberand I have one copy up for grabs.  

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Here’s a little about Chris Baines’ book from the publisher, Frances Lincoln:

Wildlife has become a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public since this best-selling book was first published as ‘How to Make a Wildlife Garden’ and launched at the 1985 Chelsea Flower Show.  Fully revised and updated by the author, this beautiful new edition is freshly illustrated and it highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the past 30 years.  It incorporates RHS research, updates best practice and addresses a multitude of controversial conservation issues. The book is packed full of practical advice – which plants to choose for bees, birds and butterflies, how to construct the ideal wildlife pond, where to position nesting boxes; how to enjoy wildlife in any size of outdoor space. Good gardening is at the heart of this book, but it is also a celebration of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a beautiful garden to life. Gardeners have come to play an increasingly important role in nature conservation. The gardens of any town or village combine to create a rich and diverse network of wildlife habitats. The lawns and hedges, flower borders, shrubberies, vegetable patches and fruit trees are all important, and the author shows how wildlife gardening can make a stylish and enjoyable contribution to the environment. New gardeners will be inspired by this authoritative book and it will also delight the very many owners of the best-selling original.

Chris Baines is the UK’s foremost wildlife gardening expert. He has had a multifaceted career as a landscape architect, advisor to industry and government, teacher, writer and broadcaster, but the common theme that runs through all his work is concern for wildlife. He is National Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, winner of the RSPB conservation medal and a passionate campaigner for easy access to nature.

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its RHS gardens are an inspiration to many and its charitable work provides expert advice and information, trains the next generation of gardeners, creates hands-on opportunities for children to grow plants, and conducts research into issues that affect gardeners.

Personally, I find attracting all sorts of wildlife into the garden a huge bonus; and very satisfying too.  Apart from slugs, that is.  And rabbits.  And lily beetles.  And sawfly.  And whitefly.  And deer.  And moles.  And … (We get the idea – Ed).  If enticing more creatures and wild-flowers into your garden is important to you too, this book will be a great addition to your gardening library.  For your chance to win a copy of the ‘The Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ simply:

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

and

(if you don’t do so already) follow ‘The Anxious Gardener’ blog; and/or follow me on Twitter; and/or like The Anxious Gardener Facebook page.  The relevant follow buttons are in the sidebar.

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 28th August 2016.

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I’ll draw the winner from my very-smart-yet-practical-gardening-uniform hat and add the result to the bottom of this post.

Good luck!

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To order the ‘RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ at the discounted price of £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code QPG445.

*UK only – please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

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The competition is now closed.  Thanks to everyone for taking part and the winner is Pauline – entered via the blog.  Congratulations.

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