Secret Gardens of Somerset is a personal tour of twenty of the UK’s most beguiling gardens in my home county of Somerset. This much-loved area of the West Country is defined by its rolling hills, pastoral vales and rugged coastline – a traditional English landscape that forms the beautiful backdrop to these memorable and unique gardens. Join me and acclaimed photographer Clive Bournsnell as we go through the garden gate to meet the custodians, creators and head gardeners behind these cherished spaces.
Published by Frances Lincoln, Sept 2020 and available from independent bookshops. If you are based in Somerset, I can recommend my local bookstore Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary, where signed copies are always available.
ISBN 978 0 7112 5222 6
‘Here’s a gardens book that glories in Somerset’s romantic sleepiness, but also delights in its spirit and passion to drive forward the art of gardening.’ Gardens Illustrated
‘The 20 gardens here are well chosen and described with intelligence and sensitivity, providing a nice balance of history, horticulture and that all importance sense of place.’ Country Life
The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward and Other Amazing Garden Innovations is a ‘potted’ history of gardening told through 50 innovations. From secateurs to seed banks, from hybrid plants to herbaceous borders, these are the ideas that have changed the way we garden today.
Published by Laurence King, Sept 2018
Twice shortlisted for the Garden Media Guild’s Inspirational Garden Book of the Year award, The London Garden Book A-Z celebrates the capital’s most inspirational green spaces, from allotments to Zen gardens.
There are museums and galleries all over London, from the centre of town to the furthest suburbs and sometimes in the most surprising locations, from windmills to wartime bunkers, from palaces to pump houses.
GARDENER’S MATCH was a lovely project for me in 2023! One of a series of ‘matching games’ published by Laurence King, this simple and fun memory game will test your knowledge of a variety of fruit and vegetable plants that are grown in gardens all over the world.
From climbing pea shoots and tomato vines to strawberry bushes and fig trees, learn FASCINATING FACTS all about 24 fruits and vegetables, the plants they grow from, and who can grow them in their very own back garden!
EASY TO PLAY: Match 24 pairs of fruit and vegetables to the plant they grow from in this beautifully illustrated and simple to play family memory game.
A game to play with all the family, with the added jeopardy of danger cards to avoid.50
BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED CARDS: Each card features stunning illustrations by Holly Exley.
THE PERFECT GIFT: The ideal present for budding gardeners, nature lovers, or anyone looking for a beautiful family game.
A Fruit and Vegetable Memory Game
Publication March 2024
Author Abigail Willis
Illustrator Holly Exley