The Deckchair Gardener


Deckchair Gardener birthday cake, copyright Anne Wareham

And it became a birthday cake too…

Charles Dowding  says: 

“A humorous questioning of the jobs we are told to do, and don’t need to, though rather than sitting in a deckchair, you will be having fun doing jobs that make your garden shine.”

Julieanne Porter says:

“At the beginning of the book Anne says that it isn’t for ‘proper gardeners’. I disagree. I think proper gardeners could learn a thing or two from Anne’s wisdom. I’d add that this is a really useful book for those who would like to garden, but who have limitations such as a chronic illness. It helps you focus on what is essential, so you use your limited energy wisely.” – see full review here.

Katherine Crouch says:

“Every gardener should buy one copy for themselves and one copy as a very a funny and affordable present for any other gardener. Me being an experienced gardener and all, I thought I knew every wrinkle and dodge, but there are plenty of tips that made me think ‘yes, why do I persist in doing that?’ Just as giggle-tastic as ‘Outwitting Squirrels’ and just as sensible – a rare combination.”

 Karen Gimson says

“Anne Wareham’s book gets us laughing from the very first page. The postman declares the Deckchair Gardener is the first gardening book ever written especially for him! I can still hear him laughing as he goes on his way. I, meanwhile, am happily ensconced with my new book for the rest of the day.  See more

Nicole Marillier says

“I enjoyed reading this book more than I could say, because it asks one very important question : do you like what you do while gardening ? not “do you like gardening” nor “do you like plants” ? it speaks of the actions you take because you think you choose to, while, actually, you were told to by the magazines, the books, the blogs, and all those medias about gardening, and you think you cannot not do it ! Of course, you might dislike what you have to do to keep a plant you specially love ! then, the question is : do I really love the plant ? why ? wouldn’t I prefer to NOT do it even if this means I shall not keep the plant ? and so on, thinking about all what we are told to to, from dead-heading daffodils to keeping leeks and parsnips in a trench for winter ….
and the cherry on the cake is found in the “Deckchair wisdom” comments , sort of very (very) short (very !) sum of what had been said before.
As Anne says, get the book before starting any job …. !”

Alexandra Campbell says:

Best present for the new gardener

If you have a friend who has just moved, thus acquiring a larger garden, then your housewarming present must be The Deckchair Gardener, An Improper Gardening Manual by Anne Wareham.

When we moved here thirteen years ago, we came from a London house with a tiny courtyard garden. This house had one fifth of an acre of immaculately planted and cared-for garden. I was way out of my depth.

A book like this would have been very helpful, although Helen Yemm’s Gardening in Pyjamas got me started.

Back to The Deckchair Gardener, however. Anne Wareham de-bunks most of the monthly ‘jobs to do in the garden.’ The basic message is that you can go a long way towards creating a beautiful garden just by mulching and occasionally getting out your hedge trimmer.

Everything else should be added in because you enjoy doing it, not because you ‘have to do it.’

The Deckchair Gardender by Anne Wareham

Stay in bed with a coffee on Sunday morning and read…

Anne herself is a very knowledgeable gardener, and has created an outstanding garden Veddw, from a field. She and her photographer husband did it on a tight budget, although Alan Titchmarsh rates it as one of his ’10 best British gardens.’

The Deckchair Gardener would also be an excellent present for anyone who threatens to move house ‘because the garden is getting too much for them.’ Or buy it for yourself if you feel like lazing in bed with a cup of coffee rather than going out and gardening. It’s a fun read.


Alison Levey says 

“…. Anne’s point, as I see it, is don’t listen to the gardening magazines and tv programmes giving you lists of things to do, they are just enjoying themselves making lists.  Don’t do what you do not think looks right for your garden and don’t just put up with things because that is the way the garden looked when you moved in. Anne gives one very important piece of advice, no two gardens are the same and what works in one will not always work in another.  Anne both cites expert advice and tells you why expert advice might not work for you…” read on here

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Deckchair Gardener by Anne Wareham

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