Celebrating National Gardening Week at home

From medicinal plants to boost the mind and memory and urban garden design guides right through to pollinators and how to make life greener. Here's a look back at some of the horticultural books we've designed.

A Beautiful Obsession: Jimi Blake’s World of Plants at Hunting Brook Gardens


The book by Jimi Blake and Noel Kingsbury walks readers through Jimi’s unique gardens, borders, valley and meadow at Hunting Brook and highlights his bold, creative plant selection and gardening style. Buy here

A Beautiful Obsession book cover, published by Filbert Press

Urban Garden Design: Transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and practical escape


This urban garden design guide from five-time RHS Chelsea gold medal winner Kate Gould proves Small and awkward outside spaces don’t need to be unloved. From courtyards to rooftops, Kate Gould draws on her experience as an award-winning garden designer to provide tailored solutions and inspirational ideas. Buy here

Urban Garden Design book cover, published by Kyle Books

Botanical Brain Balms: Medicinal Plants for Memory, Mood and Mind


The book by authors Nicolette Perry and Elaine Perry explains the beneficial effects of plants on the memory, mind and mood, how they work and suggest easy remedies and exercises that you can make part of your daily routine. Buy here

Botanical Brain Balms book cover, published by Filbert Press

Get Plants: How to Bring Green into Your Life


Get Plants from author Katherine Price puts plants front and centre in this book. It shows that with a little know-how you can find a plant that will flourish in the many different “ecological niches” available in and around your home from shady basement stairwell to south-facing windowsill. The book draws on the scientific work, plant collections and horticultural knowledge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Buy here

Get Plants book cover, published by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Naturalistic Planting Design: The Essential Guide, How to Design High-Impact, Low-Input


From Nigel Dunnett guides readers through an alternative and innovative approach to planting, which celebrates the spirit of nature for outside spaces that aren’t only beautiful, but sustainable and ecologically rich too. Featuring case studies on his planting for the London 2012 Olympic Park and The Barbican as well as parks and public spaces throughout the UK. Buy here

Naturalistic Planting Design book cover, published by Filbert Press

Plant Love: The Scandalous Truth About the Sex Life of Plants


Plant Love from bestselling popular science author Michael Allaby reveals the shocking truth of the sex life of over 200 plants. Botanical illustrations throw light on the gallery of pimps, hookers and gigolos who may be lurking in your back garden. Buy here

Plant Love book cover, published by Filbert Press

Botany at the Bar: The Art and Science of Making Bitters


Botanists Selena Ahmed, Ashley DuVal and Rachel Meyer from the New York based craft bitters-making company, Shoots & Roots Bitters, take us on a trip throughout the plant world as they share their unique expertise on the ecology, cultural practices, and medicinal properties just waiting to be discovered at the bottom of your glass. Buy here

Botany at The Bar book cover, published by Leaping Hare Press an imprint of Quarto

Need help designing a new book?


We’re well-read in working alongside publishers, editors and authors to create a wide range of books and publications, from creative journals, cookbooks and recipe books, to books on horticulture, lifestyle and interior design, arts and crafts, and even books to accompany major exhibitions and gallery shows. We collaborate closely with artists to bring content to life in exciting, unique, and creative ways, and take care of everything from initial concepts, design and artwork, content consultation and art-direction, right through to commissioning illustrators and photographers and creating launch material and authors websites. If you have a project you’d like to discuss get in touch with michelle@studionoel.co.uk

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