Win Kim Wilde’s new book for first-time gardners


For those who are eager to tackle the gardening this year but don’t know where to begin, First-Time Gardener is the answer. Packed full of practical tips and detailed step-by-step instructions, this book is the beginner’s guide to gardening. Kim Wilde turned to gardening as a form of therapy to escape from her hectic show biz schedule. Now she is a recognised expert in the field.

Beautifully illustrated throughout this one-stop guide will teach you the very basics of what gardening is about.

• Why gardening can be so rewarding
• Why it’s important not to expect too much too soon
• Why planning is the key

Details of each essential garden technique:
• Main soil types and the benefits/drawbacks of each
• Fundamental tools
• Guide to plant terms – demystifying words such as perennial, biennial, bulbs, rhizomes and many more

This book assumes no prior knowledge and takes the reader through the basics of planning a garden, choosing plants and turning ideas into reality – including how to make the most of climbers, containers and hanging baskets. But it will also help you assess what you’ve already got in your garden. Not all gardens should be created from scratch, as per the TV makeovers. In fact, if you can wait a while to see what happens in your new garden, then you may find you’ve inherited some weird and wonderful plants.

Kim Wilde studied horticulture and planting design at Capel Manor before becoming a resident designer on BBC’s ‘Garden Invaders’. She has since presented daytime coverage of ‘The Chelsea Flower Show’ and ‘The Great Garden Guide’ as well as gardening slots for GMTV and ‘This Morning’. Kim has written regular gardening columns for The Guardian and for Prima and Bella magazines. Kim also continues to enjoy a busy pop career, her family and her garden.

Publisher Harper Collins is giving away six copies of this beautiful and very useful gardening book worth £12.99 – simply email us at with your name and address, stating Kim Wilde Book in the email header. This promotion closes 24 February 2008. No cash equivalent is being offered. The Editor’s decision is final.