This year marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Edinburghs Georgian New Town, and the publication of John Byroms much-awaited manual on the gardens that are so integral to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The book is the result of decades of research, providing detailed guidance on the long term management and maintenance of Edinburghs 47 circus, square, crescent and informal grid-edge gardens that has remained previously unpublished.

These gardens are very special, specifically designed to add colour and vibrancy to the citys urban landscape lush green contrasts to the classical sandstone architecture. They not only contribute aesthetically to Edinburghs outstanding universal value, they are also communal spaces, looked after and enjoyed by the residents of the surrounding buildings.