MEDIA: GARDEN INSPIRATIONS - AN EXPERT’S VIEW. This new gardening title is accessible if predictable, Pippa Considine explains

I am pathetically in love with my first garden. And I must be right in the flowery heartland of the audience which Garden Inspirations is targeting. I even feel a sickly sense of having been found out by the editorial, which describes the thirtysomething woman yearning for the garden of her dreams whose cuttings are of the torn-from-magazines rather than the horticultural variety.

I am pathetically in love with my first garden. And I must be right

in the flowery heartland of the audience which Garden Inspirations is

targeting. I even feel a sickly sense of having been found out by the

editorial, which describes the thirtysomething woman yearning for the

garden of her dreams whose cuttings are of the torn-from-magazines

rather than the horticultural variety.



Most gardening magazines only feed my sense of being overwhelmed with

too much mention of unfamiliar things like seed boxes and green

houses.



But Garden Inspirations did hit my g-spot, where g stands for

garden.



The practical information was pretty much free from presumptuous jargon

of the ’now make a bechamel sauce’ kind. As well as idiot guide

sidebars, there was a top ten gardening boots test, leaving me without

my usual footwear excuse for not braving the wilds of my 75-foot,

marigold and bindweed infested estate.



That said, there was also plenty of stuff to keep me curled up by the

radiator with a glass of wine and the garden firmly on the other side of

the window. I read a feature on where to buy plants in Paris which will,

I confess, only ever get me as far as my cuttings file.



I feel annoyed that such a predictable formula appeals to me so much:

designery pictures, celebrity, food, news and travel. My main

reservation was the feature writing style. The gardens may be green, but

the writing is inclined to purple prose and I can’t help but think that

some phrases about the history or sociology of the plants and flowers

would be one hundred times better than Mills and Boonesque ramblings

about ’camellias unfurling their sugary symmetries’.



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