My weekend buy, Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

Just look what I bought on the weekend, eight vintage ‘Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing‘. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them in my local charity shop, I literally grabbed them up and made a dash for the till. I rushed home to show Peter (my husband). He looked at them and said, “very nice, but what are you going to do with them?”. And just like that my bubble was burst. Could he not see how utterly beautiful they are? Well, that got me thinking, I will show him exactly how I will use them. And here are some of my ideas; how to incorporate Mr Cuthbert’s (or any other vintage booklets) into your life.

Dating from 1953 – 1954, Just look at those fabulous illustrations.

Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Mr Cuthbert’s Guide To Growing

Make a display of them. Bundle them all together and tie them up with a pretty string. They will now stand upright so show them off under a glass cloche.

Cloche disply with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Cloche display with Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

Use each one as a little token gift for a spring lunch with friends. They will brighten up your place setting and make a fabulous talking point. Your friends will love their unique vintage gift.

Table setting gift with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Table setting gift with Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing

Use them for what they were intended for, great gardening advice on an array of topics and different plants. They will make great reading during those essential tea breaks!

Gardening with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Gardening with Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing

Enjoy them for their individual charm, appreciate their pretty illustrations and pick up tips along the way.

Gardening tips from Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Gardening tips from Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

All Photography & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

10 thoughts on “My weekend buy, Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

  1. Wow, so creative Theoda!! Afraid I probably would’ve asked the same question, or worse, just put them on a bookshelf (boring), but you’ve creatively showcased them… Guess that’s why you an interior designer, and I’m not!! T x

    • Tania, thank you for your kind works, lovely to hear from you. Bookshelf is not boring at all. Turn them to face front-on so that you can still admire them.
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