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.
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