The chicken on the front cover was the first hint that this book was a different kind of gardening book.
(some excellent drought tolerant plants for the front garden)
He doesn't tell you what to buy, but he'll guide you on the philosophy of buying for your area.
Part 1: GARDEN WHERE YOU LIVE
(the front wall in our cottage garden)
He won't tell you how to build a wall, or what materials to use, or even tell you cool how-to tricks.
But he will tell you why you need to use certain things instead of other things.
Part 2: CONSIDER THE MATERIALS
And about that chicken...the last section won't tell you what breed to buy or how to construct a nice chicken run. He won't even tell you what crops or herbs to plant.
PART 3: EDIBLE GARDENS & COMMUNITY
(part of the tropical garden with a birdbath)
So, what will he tell you?
Stephen Orr will tell you how to THINK about your garden. He fills page after page with luscious photographs of gardens all across the country. Alongside the photos, he tells of his interviews with these successful gardeners and their sustainable and dramatically beautiful gardens.
Sustainable is key here. The question is how do you garden without killing yourself physically and ruining the environment?
(native American Holly trees in our garden..we have three of them)
He could have easily entitled it 'The Philosophy of Natural, Sustainable Gardening for Future Gardeners with Illustrations to Show You that it is Actually Possible'.
Published by Rodale Press in 2011.
Here's the link to see what's inside. Please go take a look and have fun visiting the future of gardening. It's a nice place.
And while you're at it, visit some other great links to garden books. It's all the brainchild of our wonderful host, Holley. You can find the colorful button and link up at the top of my blog. Thanks, Holley!
And thanks for stopping by.
One thing I learned from this book (it's next to my thumb):
Most plants have two labels. Besides the fancy one, be sure and look at the other label to see if the plant was grown locally/regionally. This has several benefits including easy adaptability to your garden's climate, local knowledge from savvy growers that know what will grow in your region, smaller carbon footprint due to shorter shipping distances, and support of your local or regional economy.
All that in just one nondescript label!