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Seven Deadly Sins of Gardening

With the Vices and Virtues of its Gardeners

Toby Musgrave

National Trust


ISBN: 9781905400461

Price: £ 8.99

Publication date: 28 September 2006

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

For a lighthearted look at the history of gardens through the characters who owned and created them, this book offers stories of greed, gluttony, pride, lust, wrath, sloth and envy, alongside the glaring opposite – tales of great kindness, love and generosity.

From the garden owner who blew more money on ferns in one shopping trip than she paid her Head Gardener in a year, to Winston Churchill, wading knee-deep in the mud of his beloved garden at Chartwell, and from the intrepid plant hunters of the 19th century to the landowner who replaced an entire village with a more attractive bluebell wood, these stories of gardens, their owners and their gardeners are filled with history and intrigue.


Toby Musgrave is a leading garden history writer and garden consultant. He has co-presented two series of Lost Gardens (Channel 4) and ITV’s The Great Garden Guide. On radio, he was the originator of, and major contributor to, Radio 4’s six-part The British Garden. A regular contributor to many magazines and newspapers, he is also the author of ‘The Plant Hunters’, ‘An Empire of Plants’, ‘Courtyard Gardens’ and ‘Cottage Gardens’.