Review - First-time Gardener

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Jenny Itzcovitz

In our increasingly stressful and busy lives, a place to relax and re-charge our batteries is more and more important; modern living often sets a pace that can wear people down. A leafy sanctuary provides the perfect antidote - somewhere that offers peace and tranquillity, a place to unwind and share quality time with family and friends - but many of us lack the confidence and know-how to transform our garden into the perfect haven.

First-time Gardener provides even the most hesitant beginner with the inspiration and confidence they need to make the most of their garden. Author Kim Wilde helps you to learn to garden like an expert, taking you through the basics of planning a garden to understanding soil types, climate, planting schemes, hard landscaping and essential plant knowledge. With easy to follow illustrations throughout, this guide teaches the very basics of what gardening is about.

Placing an emphasis on the importance of taking time and lifestyle requirements into your budget, and assuming no prior knowledge, First-Time Gardener will help you turn your ideas into reality.

Kim Wilde is well known as a singer, but she studied horticulture and planting design at Capel Manor before becoming a resident designer on BBC Garden Invaders. She has since presented daytime coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and The Great Garden Guide as well as gardening slots for GMTV and This Morning. Kim has co-designed a number of permanent show gardens, securing her a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2005 and numerous awards for joint designs at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and the BBC Gardener's World Live Exhibition.

First-Time Gardener provides you with a comprehensive guide that you will want to keep dipping into for advice and ideas for all your garden needs. Packed with beautiful photographs and step-by-step activities, Kim Wilde will show you how to create your own "personal Eden".

First-time Gardener is published by Collins price £17.99.