The daughter of two enthusiastic gardeners, Anna Pavord was raised in Wales and graduated with honours in English from the University of Leicester. She is the gardening correspondent for The Independent, and the author of widely praised gardening books including THE FLOWERING YEAR, GARDENING COMPANION, the international bestseller, THE TULIP (Bloomsbury), PLANT PARTNERS (Dorling Kindersley) and THE NAMING OF NAMES (Bloomsbury, 2005). As well as writing for The Independent, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living, and Elle Decoration, and is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated.
Anna lives in Dorset, England, in a Victorian farmhouse with the first garden she has created from scratch.
Her latest book, LANDSKIPPING, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2016 and is a beautiful celebration of landscape.
Landskipping is a ravishing celebration of landscape, its iridescent beauty and its potential to comfort, awe and mesmerise. In spirit as Romantic as rational, Anna Pavord explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land. In the eighteenth century, artists first started to paint English scenery, and the Lakes, as well as Snowdon, began to attract a new kind of visitor, the landscape tourist. Early travel guides sought to capture the beauty and inspiration of waterfall, lake and fell. Sublime! Picturesque! they said, as they laid down rules for correctly appreciating a view.
THE CURIOUS GARDENER
In THE CURIOUS GARDENER Anna Pavord brings together in 12 chapters - one from each month of the year - 72 pieces on all aspects of gardening. From what to do in each month and how to get the best from flowers, plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables, through reflections on the weather, soil, the English landscape and favourite old gardening clothes, to office greenery, spring in New York, waterfalls and garden design, Anna Pavord always has something interesting to say and says it with great style and candour. This is the perfect book to guide you through the gardening year. And, on days when the weather keeps the most courageous gardener indoors, this is the perfect book to curl up with beside the fire.
THE NAMING OF NAMES
Nomenclature is no easy sport. Dreaming up names for any species, genus, group or even 'thing' has occupied and ravaged some of the world's greatest minds. The business of naming all varieties, all colours and all sizes of flower has its own vibrant list of characters, as well as a remarkable history stretching back to ancient Greece.
Accompanying this fascinating story are stunning illustrations of flowers and trees that give THE NAMING OF NAMES a genuine sense of the history of its subject. Anna Pavord gives us a wonderfully evocative yet authoritative investigation into a remarkable science, as well as an insight into a group of great and competing minds.
World: Dorling Kindersley
Herbaceous perennials are the star performers in the garden; but to create maximum impact they need the right partners, and the knowing which plant to put with which is an art that often eludes even the most knowledgeable of gardeners.