of a Gardener
By Sir Peter Smithers
Published by Harvill
Press with the Royal Horticultural Society
Reviewed by Mike Oates
This autobiography was
written at the prompting of the RHS and covers Sir Peter Smithers
career (he once worked in MI6 with Peter Fleming), and the five
gardens he created. Now aged 83, Smithers has established a famous
garden at Villa Mocote in Switzerland where he specialises in magnolias,
tree peonies, camellias, rhododendrons and nerines. In all, he is
growing more than 10, 000 species and cultivars gathered from all
over the world.
He has been supplied
with plants by the Jury's of new Plymouth, Peter Cave of Hamilton,
and Os Blumhardt of Whangarei. All are mentioned in the book.
There are 60 pages of
colour photos, all taken by the author who has received eight gold
medals from the RHS for his plant photography.
Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute
of Horticulture 1996 1(2): 24
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