In April 2000, Will Giles first book ‘The New Exotic Garden’ was published, where he extols the joys of this fascinating style of gardening. Buy the book here
Will Giles latest book ‘The Encyclopaedia of Exotic Plants For Temperate Climates’ published by ‘Timber Press’, is a massive tome which covers over 2,500 species and cultivars (and 500 plus photographs) that can be grown in the UK and the Pacific North-western coastal States of North America and of course any part of the world that has a temperate climate. It is a must for enthusiasts and gardeners giving soil requirements and minimum temperatures for all entries. With our ever-changing weather, especially with climate change in mind, this exiting book shows you what can be grown now and in the future.Buy the book here
Some Amazon reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on exotic plants, 17 Feb 2008
At long last the world of exotic/architectural plants has a bible – and this is it. Will Giles’s latest book covers a large cross section of plants, including trees, shrubs, herbacous plants and an entertaining section entitled “houseplants outdoors”. Giles also includes plants which are valuable for their asthetic qualities but are far from exotic – some even native to the UK. Each plant has a fairly detailed entry detailing growing procedure and preferred climatic conditions, most also having a photograph. The author grows many of these plants in his own garden, so there’s a great deal of first hand experience in the text. To round it off there’s also a useful listing of suppliers and websites.
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and beautiful, 10 Dec 2007
Really delighted with my copy. Clear straight forward horticultual advice on growing. Botanical names for identification. Beautiful photos that make it a good pick up and dip into. Great to clear away the winter blues as you dream of what exotics it is now possible to grow. Just fantastic for real and armchair gardeners alike.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Bible For Exotics !!, 5 Nov 2008
Being new to exotic gardening, this book has been invaluable to me.
I saw the author recently on a Channel 5 programme and he is extremley knowledgable on this subject and that shines through in this book. One thing i think that slightly lets it down is the lack of growing advice for the UK, other than that, it is a superb book to add to my collection and ive lost count of how many times ive had to go to the book to look a plant up. If you are a beginner (like myself) or an experienced exotic gardener, then this book is well worth the price tag.