The Damp Garden - Beth ChattoLondon: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little spotting to the top edge of the the text block.
Includes: Colour photographs; Black & white plates;
From the cover: “Beth Chatto has become internationally renowned for her innovatory work with plants and gardens. Following the success of her first book, The Dry Garden, she now turns her attention to a subject of much wider interest, particularly for many British gardeners — the damp garden.
Her own garden covers every type of damp soil from moist silt to sticky clay, in both sunny and shady situations. She and her husband, Andrew, had to begin their Damp Garden by clearing the site from scratch, and she writes engagingly of their hard work, describing the making and development of their Water Gardens, the Shade and Meadow Beds, the Canal Bed, the Clay Garden and, on a larger scale, her Reservoir Garden. In every case she paints a vivid picture of the plants which thrived — or failed — in these conditions, and along the way she passes on a wealth of invaluable information, gleaned from her own practical experience, about soil preparation and improvement, coping with weeds, managing grass in damp conditions, garden design and plant associations. The book also includes an alphabetical list of the many plants suitable for damp soil, in sun and shade, with information about their size, shape, foliage and flowering seasons; annotated plans for various damp garden schemes; a fascinating chapter on the natural habitats of many garden plants; and lists of plants for special conditions.
Throughout the book Beth Chatto conveys the practical gardening wisdom and sense of design and colour for which she is famous. Once again her writing is enhanced by Margaret Davies’s sensitive line drawings, and the colour photographs by Michael Warren are exceptionally attractive.”