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- Roger Grounds -


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My childhood interest in plants and gardens grew up with me and became a lifelong passion. I started designing and maintaining gardens in the 1960s.


For most of the1970s I worked as editor in charge of gardening books for the publishers Ward Lock in London.


Overlapping with this I had my own weekly gardening programme on BBC Radio London and have had slots on TV as well.


From the late 1980s until 2003, with my wife Diana Grenfell, I built up and ran Apple Court nursery and garden in Hampshire, a highly successful hardy plant nursery specialising in Hostas and Daylilies, Ferns and Grasses which attracted visitors from all over the world. We raised and introduced a number of plants to the trade.


I have lectured widely both at home and abroad, particularly in America.


Over the years I have written a number of gardening books. The first was Trees for Smaller Gardens, followed by a book on Ferns and another on Ornamental Grasses. This was the first book anywhere wholly devoted to ornamental grasses. For my pioneering work on Ornamental Grasses I was elected a fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. Several other small booklets on Design and Ornamental Grasses followed, as well as The Plantfinder’s Guide to Ornamental Grasses and Grasses, Growing them and Using them, published by Quadrille Press in association with the Royal Horticultural Society.


I have contributed articles to the Oxford Book of Gardens, the Reader’s Digest Dictionary of Plants and Flowers and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary of Gardening.




Books Published By Roger Grounds


Bottle Gardens                                                          Ferns

Grasses, Choosing and using these                              Growing vegetables and herbs

How to grow and Save fruit and Vegetables                   Shrubs and Decorative Evergreens

The Plantfinders Guide to Ornamental Grasses              The Natural Garden

The White Garden (with Diana Grenfell)                Trees for Smaller Gardens

Small Garden (Letts Guides to Garden Design)         Ornamental Grasses


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