Flower Garden Secrets: the hidden wonders of the flower garden revealed
The flower garden is a place of remarkable, surprising and fascinating stories, proving that every aspect of life involves garden flowers in some way, whether in art and design, in poetry and literature, in medicine and science, or in divinity, myth and folklore.

Now published and available at bookshops and on Amazon

Around Britain and Ireland, every step of the 12,000 and more miles sculptured by winds and tides is blessed with myriad wildlife to study, human creations to admire and a wealth of stories to tell.


On December 17, 2023 Ruth appeared on BBC Countryfile talking to John Craven about country superstitions and sayings relating to her books, especially A Word to the Wise. You can find her contribution at the start of the programme on this link.


Ruth's Latest Painting
In the Snow, January 2021
Acrylic on paper collage. 240 x 340 mm
For Sale

Ruth creates artworks in acrylics, collage and mixed media, much of it greatly inspired by the natural world, and is happy to accept commissions. Some of the paintings in her gallery are for sale as indicated. Contact her for more details.


Ruth Binney (neé Chanter) spent her childhood in Tiverton where her father was a housemaster at Blundell’s School. She is now settled in Cardiff where she has a new garden to plan, plant and tend and is involved in a variety of writing and painting projects. Her latest book is Garden Wildlife on Trial, a sequel to the successful Weeds on Trial. She is also co-author, with football coach Rob Oyston, of Danny’s Dinosaur Dribble, a book for younger children combining storytelling with hints on improving their skills. Ruth continues to paint in acrylics and create collages as well as a variety of art in different media and enjoys painting and drawing classes at The Art Workshop in Rwbina, Cardiff. Since moving to Wales she is happy to be able to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and to enjoy walking and gardening. Now a member of Probus and a local Ladies Forum Ruth now regularly gives talks related to her books and her life in publishing to a variety of groups in the Cardiff area. read more


Ruth acts as a consultant to publishers on the development and commissioning of new book projects in a wide range of subjects including cookery, gardening, home making, health, popular science and word books. She also takes on the checking of edited texts in these areas. For David and Charles she was most recently the editor of a new edition of Brian Martin’s Country Lives Remembered and commissioning editor of their successful ‘Voices’ series. READ MORE