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Naomi Slade to sign copies of her new book in Newbury

PUBLISHED: 16:13 16 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:13 16 October 2014

Naomi Slade

Naomi Slade

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Our gardening writer Naomi Slade will be in Waterstones from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday, 18 October

Meet Naomi when she will be signing copies of her new book ‘The Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops’ in Newbury Waterstones - and there is a free pot of snowdrops with each of the first five books sold.

Already well received in America, the book has just been released in the UK and, packed with lavish photographs and fascinating facts, it is the perfect winter present for any gardener or plant lover.

Naomi says: “Books on snowdrops tend to be very arty or extremely academic; I have taken a different path and created a book that is accessible and appealing and fun. Snowdrops are fascinating, there are now over 2.000 named varieties, they have been used to make a drug to combat Alzheimer’s Disease and they are ultimately collectible.

“They are one of the most recognisable of early spring flowers and everyone loves them – they are a symbol of hope and a sign that spring is on its way.”

The book includes the history and mythology of snowdrops, together with growing tips, profiles of noted galanthophiles (snowdrop experts), interesting factoids and a selection of snowdrops that are fun, bonkers or have really great stories.

Snowdrops are much loved for their demure elegance and the book contains everything you need to know about this winter garden favourite. The author is based in Newbury which has strong links with snowdrops and many pictures were taken at Welford Park, Foxgrove plants and other local snowdrop meccas. The book also includes a list of snowdrop gardens for days out and places to buy plants and bulbs.

This is Naomi’s first book and she writes a column for Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Magazine as well as contributing to many national newspapers and magazines.

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