Diary of a Modern Country Gardener

Tamsin Westhorpe

Hardcover ISBN - 9781903360422


Diary of a Modern Country Gardener

Tamsin Westhorpe

A light-hearted and informative diary about gardening in the country, from the potting bench of Stockton Bury Gardens, shortlisted in the NGS Nation’s Favourite Garden Competition.


‘This congenial and delightfully presented gardening companion has already put a spring in my step’
Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller


Written by a hard-working horticulturalist for fellow gardeners, the aim of this diary is to jog people’s memories, share plant stories, demystify gardening and most importantly make the reader smile. You’ll find a personal year-long diary of gardening along with favourite seasonal plants, timely reminders and entertaining tales of moving sheep, visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show and speaking at garden clubs. Tamsin’s open garden is at the heart of a working farm, so her book reflects the twists and turns of the countryside. For anyone just about to embark on a life in the country, or whose town garden is never tidy and who wonders how the professionals do it, it’s a must read.

Pick up tips on how to keep warm whilst gardening, get rid of chilblains and grow seasonal food from someone who lives, breathes and eats country gardening.

Tamsin Westhorpe

About the Author:

Tamsin is a hands-on gardener at her family garden, Stockton Bury in Herefordshire, which regularly features in round-ups of the best UK open gardens to visit. She is also a public speaker, podcast presenter and RHS judge. Her proudest achievements are being a judge at RHS Chelsea and the fact she started her career as a green keeper at a young age. Tamsin is also a features writer for newspapers and magazines and former editor of The English Garden and deputy editor of Amateur Gardening magazine. She is a prolific lecturer at home and abroad and her aim is to make her audiences laugh.




“A compelling read, packed with useful tips from a gardener who truly has their fingers in the soil”.

Toby Buckland, Garden designer and broadcaster

“An enchanting escape in the company of a passionate and endearingly imperfect gardener. One to savour whatever the season.”

Jules Hudson, presenter of Escape to the Country

“I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a garden book with such generosity, character and warmth.”

Ann-Marie Powell, RHS Chelsea Gold medalist