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Natural Garden Style: Gardening Inspired by Nature [Hardcover]

NoŽl Kingsbury
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Book Description

1 Mar 2009
In a world dominated more and more by urban development, nature is increasingly seen as an inspiration for gardeners. Sustainability and biodiversity, currently high on the world's agenda, are important aspects of natural-style gardening. In this beautiful new book, gardening expert Noël Kingsbury considers a variety of approaches to making gardens that celebrate nature. He discusses what is meant by the natural look , gives guidance on how to achieve it, and outlines the ideas and problems involved. Organized into thematic chapters, the authoritative text deals with all aspects of natural-style gardening, from prairies and meadows to water and sculpture.With stunning images by award-winning gardens photographer Nicola Browne, Natural Garden Style is essential for anyone wishing to take an ethical and sustainable approach to gardening and garden design.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944432
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The computer keyboard is always rather grubby as I flit between writing and gardening. I'm a UK-based, but widely-travelling, writer about plants, gardens and gardening, with occasional forays into food and farming issues. I also design planting schemes for gardens and public spaces.

My books reflect that I have always been an innovator and pioneer. New ideas, new places, new people and new plants excite me. Conveying this excitement, and the techie stuff which makes it work is at the core of my writing and my lecturing.

A bit part of my work as a writer and educator in the garden world is to try to explain all this in simple terms for the new gardener, the designer or horticulture professional.

I was a pioneer in promoting grasses and seedheads for the late season look; in promoting naturalistic planting in the English-speaking world; in introducing and explaining the unique design work of my Dutch colleague Piet Oudolf and in promoting the idea of gardening as an art form worthy of serious intellectual attention.

I love gardening but also writing. Writing is about sharing, communicating and enthusing.

My blog: http://noels-garden.blogspot.com
and on: www.gardeninggonewild.com
include more of my work, as does my website: www.noelkingsbury.com

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An essential guide for anyone wishing to take an ethical and sustainable approach to gardening and garden design --Garden News

Extensively illustrated with sumptuous photographs by Nicola Browne --House and Garden

Natural Garden Style is a real success. Exquisite photography and a clean layout make this a perfect coffee table book --Gardens Illustrated

'… in such a rural setting, it feels right to develop a garden that feels uncontrived, with planting that builds on nature's backdrop … Kingsbury's book encapsulates the atmosphere I hope to achieve, and Nicola Browne's photographs convince me that I m following the right path.' --The Sunday Times

Natural Garden Style is a real success. Exquisite photography and a clean layout make this a perfect coffee table book --Gardens Illustrated

About the Author

Noël Kingsbury is a well-known gardens writer and designer with a particular interest in sustainable planting for public spaces.

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2.0 out of 5 stars I am surprised.... 11 Nov 2011
....... at the fulsome praise this book has been given by previous reviewers. It certainly includes some good images or rather what might have been good images if they had been better printed. They are sadly let down by the publishers' decision to print them matt on soft paper. This means that they appear to be very slightly out of focus and are positively tiring to look at for any length of time (at least to my eyes). The decision must have driven the photographers to distraction and seriously undermines the book as a visual or even coffee table guide to naturalistic gardening.

Is it a planting guide for beginners? Unfortunately not, because the breadth of garden ecologies and design it covers means that individual plant choice has to be limited to the point it seems almost arbitrary. Book format triumphs over content. Anyone looking to inform themselves on how to approach naturalistic gardening would be far better off getting Noel Kingsbury's earlier book 'New Perennial Gardening' which I still regularly refer to after many years for its comprehensive plant guides and its informative approach to garden ecologies. It is a superior book in every sense.

In terms of the gardening areas covered by 'Natural Garden Style', it is very hard to find any decent book attempting to deal with such a broad span of planting and design challenge - sun, shade, water, embellishment. Keith Wiley's recent 'On the Wild Side: Experiments in New Naturalism' is by no means perfect but is a readable, honest and, at the very least, far better printed attempt.

The challenge of covering almost the full gamut of naturalistic gardening in one book is probably a bridge too far for any writer. It will be necessary for even a would-be gardener to buy several books to cover to such a huge task.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whim purchase that paid off 14 July 2010
I bought this book on a whim, as I was actually looking for reference books but I'm so glad that I did! It is a book more about how we should garden in a way to promote sustainability and restore balance back to the world. Don't get me wrong it's not just for 'green' gardeners as in its own right it provides lots of inspiration for planting combinations etc. It is however written very much in an essay style and in some respects is quite difficult to just dip in and out but well worth persevering as it has helped me to understand what type of garderner I would like to be and how to achieve it. Just looking at the front cover on here makes me want to read it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book. Lovely presentation. 23 April 2009
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This is a great looking book for a start. I'm completely starting from scratch with my garden... this is full of ideas, plant combinations and good writing. I'm delighted and would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for natural planting combinations.
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