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Gardening with Peter Dowdall
Gardening with Peter Dowdall

Our Price:25.00
Authors: Peter Dowdall
Publication Year: Hardback 2010
Pages: 192
Size: 260 x 198mm

ISBN: 9781855942158


This book aims to share with readers the basic tools, techniques and principles of how to create and maintain a beautiful garden through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Straightforward, no-nonsense language and advice, along with simple photography showing the practicalities of gardening will advise budding gardeners on how to build their garden from a naked skeleton through to a beautifully garbed wonderland. The book will give people a greater understanding of the part that gardening and nature plays in their lives, in their health and in their general wellbeing.

The book is separated into horticultural sections architectural plants, evergreens, seasonal plants, contrast & textural plants, herbs, fruit & vegetables, and container gardening so whether the reader is starting their garden from scratch, or merely looking for advice on annuals or the edible garden, they will find what they are looking for easily. Each section is covered from the point of view of choosing the right plant for the right space, the planting itself, and maintaining the plants through the seasons. Each section will also contain boxed-out sections, or sidebars that highlight interesting and useful information for the gardener, e.g. soil science, composting etc. Everything will be laid out in layman's terms and use easy to follow instruction. Each section will be prose with any step by step detailing separated out into sidebars, boxes or offset paragraphs to give readers an easy to use reference.

At the heart of this book lies a DIY ethic that applies not only to the garden, but also to living. We are intrinsically linked to plants and the natural world and the survival of plants and the natural world is intrinsically linked to us. As a gardener I feel it is very important that I leave the planet in a better condition than when I found it. I think it is important for all humans to think like this. With this in mind I feel that gardens should be working hand in hand and symbiotically with nature as opposed to fighting against it. A ten-year battle with cancer gave me an entirely new view on life and living and the vital link between me and the nature around me. It was nature that helped me to heal; from the tree I could see through my hospital room window that taught me to appreciate each passing season, to the herbs that naturally eased my discomfort.

Peter Dowdall is a gardener who owns the Dunsland Garden Centre in Cork. He has been TV3's gardening expert for the past 4 years and appeared on RTE's Corrigan's City Farm. He has also been involved with two Silver Gilt medal-winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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5 of 5 Peter Dowdall s book prides itself on its no nonse September 20, 2010
Reviewer: House Home Magazine from Republic of Ireland  
Peter Dowdall s book prides itself on its no nonsense approach to gardening. Its strength is as a handy reference guide to keep in your kitchen and it makes a great gift for experienced gardeners.

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5 of 5 It took me just a single night to get fully acquai September 20, 2010
Reviewer: Charlie Wilikins The Irish Examiner from Republic of Ireland  
It took me just a single night to get fully acquainted with the style and content of  Gardening with Peter Dowdall   the latest from one of Cork s best known gardeners.  One night in which to fully realise how cleverly he conveys information  and the feelings they evoke  through the medium of words. I for one should know that it is all too easy to do the job inadequately. Something more is expected of good garden writing if it is to jump up and seize the reader s imagination. It is hard to put into words exactly what this is but Peter has found exactly what is needed.   Many garden writers have scripted books which suffer from too many adjectives  too much sentimentality and not enough easily understood hard facts plainly written. With Peter s book you only have to read the dust jacket synopsis  to see that the tome uses straightforward  no nonsense language and advice  along with excellent photography showing the practicalities of garden in all its aspects.  Gardening with Peter Dowdall  covers every aspect of modern gardening from architectural plants to evergreens  and on to herbs  fruit  vegetables and container gardening. The book also makes mention of Peter s illness. Having fought a ten year battle with cancer  he remembers the view from his hospital bed  the changing seasons  the way plants behave  and the shortness of life itself. He has written in that kind of style and reading the sentences therein makes me want to put a line beneath all his suggestions  for living and gardening for not alone consideration    but re reading over and over. Pick up a copy and inspect its content; the sidebars  boxed out sections  highlighted panels  photography  format and presentation. I recommend it in advance  but know you are really going to like it    Gardening with Peter Dowdall is published by Cork University Press and priced at  25

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5 of 5 At the heart of his first book lies a practical D September 14, 2010
Reviewer: Helen Rock Royal Horticultural Society of Journal from Republic of Ireland  
At the heart of his first book lies a practical  DIY ethic that aims to share with readers not only his new found nature philosophy but the basic tools  techniques and principles of making and maintaining a beautiful and productive garden through the seasons. It succeeds. A good fruit and veg section and one on tinctures and other remedies are a bonus...it is a timely book and particularly valuable for the less experienced gardener

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