The Ecological Gardener: How To Create Beauty and Biodiversity from the Soil Up

Chelsea Green. Apr. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781645020073. pap. $24.95. GARDENING
British landscape designer Rees-Warren’s gardening philosophy is best encapsulated in the expression “The longest journey begins with a single step.” Rees-Warren believes that if everyone with a garden were to incorporate some simple, planet-saving steps, it would go a long way toward reversing the global threats posed by climate change. The book’s guidance ranges from basics of soil analysis and principles of garden design, to more practical hands-on projects like making a whiskey-barrel rain collector or building a vermicompost stack-house; the author’s strong commitment to creating sustainable green spaces and his desire to share his extensive knowledge with others shine through. U.S.-based gardeners will want to note that the measurements used in the book are metric, and its focus is on plants native to the UK.
VERDICT Those with a serious desire to learn more about creating ecologically friendly gardens will find much to muse over in Rees-Warren’s bracing mix of philosophical and practical landscape advice.
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