London is home to over three million gardens, from pocket handkerchief front yards to large historic sites.
Metropolitan gardening has a character all of its own: allotments and community gardens allow gardenless urbanites to grow their own food, guerrilla gardeners convert neglected public land into productive spaces, and vertical planting techniques and container and small-space gardens green over the grey.
The London Garden Book A–Z, by Abigail Willis (ISBN 9781902910598), has just been released in its second edition. Its 384 pages celebrate the wealth of London’s gardens, with specially commissioned photographs, reviews, practical gardening advice, and listings of horticultural societies, projects and plant nurseries. It’s available from good bookshops or from Metro Publications at http://metropublications.com/products/the-london-garden-book-a-z price £14.99 (RRP £16.99).