New iPad book from designer Alexander-Sinclair to "change garden publishing forever"

An award-winning garden designer is to launch an iPad book that talks to readers and lets them buy plants from nurseries.

Into Gardens has sections on ornamental and food plants and design, said James Alexander-Sinclair, who told a recent Palmstead Nursery conference in Ashford, Kent, "I want to change garden publishing forever – the book will be thrilling, exciting, wonderful and gorgeous".

He said: "You can move pictures and text and send images. Or you can save bits for later like tearing a page out of a magazine. If you have an audio cable you can plug it in and it will talk to you. You can even go to nurseries and buy plants.

The iPad version is due for launch at the App Store any day now, he said, and an iPhone version is due out next month. Alexander-Sinclair was talking at a Survival of the Fittest conference hosted by Palmstead marketing manager Nick Coslett, which drew 300 delegates.

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