RHS Tales from the Tool Shed is an historical, horticultural journey told through fifty pieces of garden gear. A treasure trove of garden paraphernalia, it explores the roots and evolution of objects, names and places, covering everything from the humble spade to architectural ornaments. Practical insights into the usage and maintenance of each tool appear throughout, along with dozens of attractive photographs, etchings and botanical illustrations. Written by the author of the bestselling Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, this is a book to cherish for all gardeners and garden lovers.
Bill Laws is a writer and editor based in Herefordshire, England. He is the author of numerous books, including Common Losses: Essays and Interviews on Trees, Woods and the Green Man, which was commissioned by the environmental arts group Common Ground, and Spade, Skirret and Parsnip: The Curious History of Vegetables. Bill writes on gardens and landscapes for numerous publications including the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, Environment Now and the BBC's History magazine. He has also edited a series of journals and books on rural history for the last twenty years. His most recent books include The Field Guide to Fields: Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Pastures, and Prairies (Collins) and Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History (David & Charles).