PERSONAL: Female. Education: Durham University, MSc.
ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, Dorling Kindersley, 95 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.
CAREER: Botanist and author. Host of BBC's Gardener's World.
MEMBER: Royal Horticultural Society.
Fruit and Vegetable Clinic, Ward Lock (London, England), 1993.
House Plant Clinic, Ward Lock (London, England), 1993.
The New Gardener: The Practical Guide to Gardening Basics, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1995.
Gardening Hints and Tips, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1996.
Basic Gardening, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1998.
The New Flower Gardener, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1998.
10,001 Hints and Tips for the Home, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 1998.
AHS Pests and Diseases, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2000.
Gardener's Question Time: All Your Gardening Problems Solved, Orion (London, England), 2002.
A Garden for All Seasons: Create a Year-round Beautiful Garden, Headline (London, England), 2002.
AHS Garden Problem Solver, Dorling Kindersley (New York, NY), 2002.
Contributor to periodicals, including Amateur Gardening and Mirror.
SIDELIGHTS: Pippa Greenwood is a British botanist who shares her knowledge of plants as host of a British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) television program and in a number of popular books. Her Fruit and Vegetable Clinic advises gardeners on the elimination of pests and diseases in the kitchen garden. In House Plant Clinic Greenwood discusses the diagnosis and treatment of plant diseases and general care of indoor plants, including pest control. She lists the common names of plants and suggests individual humidity, light, and temperature requirements.
The New Gardener: The Practical Guide to Gardening Basics is divided into eleven chapters which include advice on control of insects and weeds and care and culture. Greenwood discusses the planning of lawns, beds, borders, vegetables, and gardens, including container gardens and water gardens. She advises on the planning and maintenance of greenhouses and cold frames, planting and pruning of fruit trees, and the tools essential to successful gardening. Each chapter contains a project, and color photographs and line drawings accompany the text. Molly Newling wrote in Library Journal that Greenwood's gardens "are very much in the English style," but noted the absence of a hardiness zone map for the United States. "This delightful companion is highly recommended to all garden enthusiasts and plant lovers," wrote Brij M. Kapoor in Science Books & Films. Booklist reviewer Alice Joyce noted that The New Gardener "brings considerable freshness to standard, if fairly extensive, material."
Gardening Hints and Tips offers more than two thousand suggestions and hundreds of color photographs and illustrations. Mewling noted in another Library Journal review that the book "is like a video in print." Included are a seasonal diary gardeners can follow to perform necessary tasks and tips for saving money and time. Newling remarked that Gardening Hints and Tips is "most useful for gardeners just beyond the novice stage to browse for ideas."
Basic Gardening is one of the small books in Dorling Kindersley's "101 Essential Tips" series. The book's gardening tips cover selection, preparation, planting, watering, feeding, weeding, pruning, propagation, and protection. It also covers the care of container plants and lawns. Plant and weed varieties are identified, as well as types of fertilizer and disease.
The New Flower Gardener starts out with basic advice, such as the choosing of plants, feeding, watering, staking, and deadheading. It discusses beginning new plants with seed and by rooting and dividing. The book is filled with color photographs, which a Publishers Weekly reviewer called "traffic-stopping.... This hardworking book covers a lot of ground....She sets an encouraging tone for those just getting their horticultural feet wet." Following the basics, Greenwood introduces her forty favorite flowers by shape. Categories include "Spikes & Spires" and "Trumpets & Bells." She profiles each plant, providing information on color, hardiness, mature size, time of flowering, site selection, watering, and soil type. The final section of the book lists flowers that attract butterflies and bees and those best for cutting. It suggests flowers and groundcovers most suitable to specific sites, such as shady areas. Library Journal reviewer Phillip Oliver observed that The New Flower Gardener "should motivate any novice gardener, and even advanced gardeners will love browsing through it." Booklist reviewer George Cohen called the book "engaging and helpful."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, October 15, 1993, p. 404; April 15, 1994, Alice Joyce, review of The House Plant Clinic, p. 1494; March 15, 1995, Alice Joyce, review of The New Gardener, p. 1297; October 15, 1996, George Cohen, review of Gardening Hints and Tips, p. 392; April 15, 1998, Mary Carroll, review of Basic Gardening, p. 1407; September 1, 1998, George Cohen, review of The New Flower Gardener, p. 46.
Books, March, 1993, p. 24.
Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 1995, p. 14.
Library Journal, April 1, 1995, Molly Newling, review of The New Gardener, p. 117; October 15, 1996, Molly Newling, review of Gardening Tips and Hints, p. 82; October 1, 1998, Philip Oliver, review of The New Flower Gardener, p. 125.
Publishers Weekly, July 20, 1998, review of The New Flower Gardener, p. 214.
Science Books & Films, April 1996, Brij M. Kapoor, review of The New Gardener, p. 76.*