02/05/10

book review #1 - The Yellow Book

Gardens of Scotland 2010

Our first book recommendation was an easy choice.

If you're looking for gardens to visit this Spring and Summer and you want the feel good factor of supporting some great charities then this is the book for you.

Under the Open Gardens Scheme gardens all over the country open to the public to raise money for charity.

Gardens of Scotland 2010 (or The Yellow Book as it's affectionately known) lists, by area, the gardens which are open to the public through the scheme. Most are privately owned and this is a rare opportunity to enjoy gardens you wouldn't normally get to see.

Personal highlights include Shepherd House in Inveresk Village, East Lothian, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul's garden at Braid Farm Road in Edinburgh. It's also your once-a-year chance to visit Charles Jencks' Garden of Cosmic Speculation at Portrack House.

Our best advice is to sit down with a calender and a large pad of post-its and get ready for afternoons filled with interesting gardens, tea and cakes plus the delightful temptation of plant sales.

We picked up our copy at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the book is widely available at garden centres around the country, as well as online at Amazon.

You can also find it on the offical website for Scotland, and for England and Wales.