Annual Lecture 2020 Reading List

At our Annual Lecture on the 11th November, Tom and Sue Stuart-Smith were asked for their staple horticultural literature musts! We have been inundated with requests for this list so please find below the books mentioned and we have also included Sue’s book, The Well Gardened Mind. If you click on any of the images it will take you through to the book on Amazon and if you then decide to purchase it that way the National Garden Scheme will receive a very small percentage of the sale as part of the Amazon Associates scheme.

Some of the books on the list are also available through bookshop.org – an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. We also receive a commission for any of the books purchased through them on our list.

Other bookshops are available.

My Garden – Jamaica Kincaid

Karel Capek – The Gardening Year

Second Nature – Michael Pollan

Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition – Robert Pogue Harrison


The Wild Braid – Stanley Cunitz


Katherine Swift


The Well Gardened Mind – Sue Stuart-Smith

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