A Gardening Man's musings on life,

gardening, music and incidental things
by Patrick Vickery
by Patrick Vickery


Patrick Vickery lives in the Scottish Highlands and runs a small hardy perennial nursery (part-time). Patrick is also a part-time garden writer, and part-time special needs teacher.

Married to Liz, they have three children, two goats, two dogs, an assortment of small animals, and lives in a two acre wood in a wonderful part of the world.

Patrick gardens using a raised bed system and all, of course, chemically free - a chemical free zone!
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His first book was published in January 2002 by Capall Bann Publishers, UK:-
"In Pursuit Of Perennial Profit - The Pot Of Gold At The Bottom Of The Garden" (ISBN: 186163 1480)

Also visit his website at

July 8, 2012

From August the new website ( ) will be updated. This blog will also chart the journey from' book idea' to' book completion' for anyone interested in seeing how it is done (or not done as the case maybe). The current dilemma is whether to self-publish myself (financial rewards are greater if the book sells) or go through a Publisher (royalty payments are small). As for the content of the book, fifty per cent is complete (based on the newspaper column published monthly in the Ross-shire Journal over the last four and a half years) and the remaining fifty per cent involves discussion and contribution from the characters mentioned in the column articles. Will those mentioned anonymously wish to have their actual identities revealed in a book? Did they even realise they were mentioned in the column in the first place? And some of them are now dead - 'Bingo' is a good case in point. I must have a chat with his daughter. Things could become interesting.

Anyway, the end result should be an historical record of people, places and events in the Scottish Highlands over the last five years from a purely idiosyncratic perspective. A book that I hope someone will delve into fifty or even a hundred years from now to gain an insight into real lives and real situations - and all with a touch of humour thrown in for good measure.

But what shall I call this book?

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row