Author(s): Matthew Biggs
Eden is unique as a botanic garden in that is young enough for all the people who conceived it to be around and accessible; and all those who planted it, and learnt from the experience are still there and able to share their knowledge of the triumphs and successes of each habitat and each plant. Written and photographed during a year spent with Eden's experts, GARDENING OF EDEN focuses on all the different habitats of Eden and how they are gardened; all the techniques used and lessons learned; how these can be translated to the domestic garden; the 21st-century gardening tips taken straight from Eden's pioneering work; and the stories and anecdotes of a brand new botanic garden. Ever wondered if you could grow bananas - or what else you could grow to get that tropical effect; how to achieve the smells of the Mediterrannean in Cumbria; why Eden grow a certain climber up the banks of the pit: what purpose it serves and whether that might be helpful in your precipitous plot? Genuinely inspirational, full of practical advice and lavishly illustrated with 300 specially commissioned photographs.
The book every visitor to Eden longs to have - All the skills and knowledge of Eden adapted to inform the average gardener gardening at home.
"The book is loaded with gorgeous photographs of exotic plants ... Biggs's advice on how to duplicate Eden plantings in your own garden contains information on composting, growing and pest control." Publishers Weekly
Matthew Biggs, a gardening broadcaster, writer and lecturer, trained at Pershore College of Horticulture and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A gardener for over twenty-five years, he co-presented Channel 4's much loved Garden Club, stepped the other side of the camera to direct Meridian Television's highly successful Grass Roots and is a panel member on BBC Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time. Matt writes regularly for several BBC Magazines including Gardeners World Magazine, Gardens Illustrated and Easy Gardening, plus Amateur Gardening and the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine The Garden. His books include Matthew Biggs's Complete Book of Vegetables which has been translated into seven languages and What Houseplant Where? with Roy Lancaster. Matthew has also contributed to BBC Gardeners' Question Time's Plant Chooser and Techniques and Tips for Gardeners. Matthew has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Australasia and Caribbean and is fascinated by global gardening and economic botany.