Three essential garden books to add to your bookshelf

Cooking with plants, greenhouses and women in the garden fall under the spotlight with three gorgeous new garden books from masters in the field

The latest horticultural reads offer a look at botanical structures, chefs’ gardens and a centenary celebration.

Glasshouse Greenhouse

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Glasshouse Greenhouse

Glasshouse Greenhouse by India Hobson and Magnus Edmondson of Haarkon, £22 (Pavilion) Sheffield-based photographers India Hobson and Magnus Edmondson of Haarkon have a particular fascination with natural spaces. Their debut book delves into this theme, taking readers on a journey to botanical gardens in the UK, Europe, America and Asia, capturing lush palm houses, tropical hothouses and private potting sheds. There is also advice on bringing the greenhouse aesthetic to your home.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens: Three Generations of Women Gardeners

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens: Three Generations of Women Gardeners

Kiftsgate Court Gardens: Three Generations of Women Gardeners by Vanessa Berridge, £40 (Merrell) Created in 1919, Kiftsgate Court Gardens in Gloucestershire has been nurtured by three generations of the same family: grandmother, mother and daughter. This new book, which marks the garden’s centenary, explores its history and the vigorous rose, Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’, for which it is famous. An accompanying exhibition will be held at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, from 12 April to 9 June 2019.

The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate

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The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate

The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate, £29.95 (Phaidon) For many chefs, their garden is an extension of their kitchen. This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the gardens of some of the world’s best cooks, both established and emerging, and is packed with interesting stories and beautiful images. From small city rooftops to Brazilian hillsides and fertile spots abundant with fruit trees and vegetables, these outdoor spaces provide the ingredients and inspiration for countless recipes, 100 of which are featured here.

The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate

(Image credit: Matthew and Iain Pennington)

The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate

The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate, £29.95 (Phaidon) For many chefs, their garden is an extension of their kitchen. This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the gardens of some of the world’s best cooks, both established and emerging, and is packed with interesting stories and beautiful images. From small city rooftops to Brazilian hillsides and fertile spots abundant with fruit trees and vegetables, these outdoor spaces provide the ingredients and inspiration for countless recipes, 100 of which are featured here.