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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (5 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553812483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553812480
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Gardening is one of today's most popular leisure pursuits, yet rarely, if ever, is it seen as a holistic, therapeutic practice that can both enrich our lives and fulfil our spiritual needs.

In this exquisitely crafted and illustrated book, Donald Norfolk attempts to redress the balance as he explores the history of horticulture, and the ancient wisdom of poets and philosophers. Tracing the natural rhythms and beauty of the changing seasons, he also demonstrates how we can all discover the secrets of nature's healing, restorative powers.

Uniquely inspirational and illuminating, THE THERAPEUTIC GARDEN invites us to recapture the simple pleasures of the past and to create a new, enriched vision of the future. It is a vision that leads us to understand how, when we cultivate the soil, we can also cultivate the soul.

About the Author

Donald Norfolk
Donald Norfolk worked as an acclaimed osteopath in London for many years and now lectures on a range of health and holistic subjects in Britain and Europe. He is a former president of the Osteopathic Association of Great Britain and in 1995, in recognition of his contribution to health promotion, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. He lives in Gloucestershire, where he is now cultivating his own therapeutic garden.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book by a renowned osteopath recounts the benefits of gardening, based on the place of gardens in history and recent scientific research. Most of the book is about the evidence for improvements in medical and physical health accruing from gardening on however small a scale, linked to our need to relate to nature springing from mankind's pastoral past. There is a lot of good advice on how to get the best fron gardening in these terms. Not for devotees of trendy ready made gardens with lots of stainless steel! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josef Blumel on 18 Jan 2013
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This book is a must read for those who love plants, those who like to garden, those who like to spend time in gardens, those who need a rest from their busy lives, those who want a break from it all...which is about everyone. This book is a joy to read, and I myself get back to it at least once a month...It is guaranteed to lift your spirits whether you are a garden owner or not. A real gem.
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