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The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition [Kindle Edition]

Rick Darke , William Robinson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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This is a very nicely produced book, lavishly illustrated with Rick's beautiful and intelligent photographs, that will appeal to gardeners, professional horticulturists and designers who are particularly interested in more sustainable gardening. If you have never read The Wild Garden, I'd strongly recommend this edition: the new material gives it an edge that has dissipated in the original. --James Hitchmough, The Plantsman

The mix between ancient and modern format used to present this new edition of William Robinson's The Wild Garden is agreeable and helpful... It is, in effect, two books for the price of one and a handsome volume at that. --Mary Keen, Gardens Illustrated

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William Robinson's revolutionary book, The Wild Garden, envisioned an authentically naturalistic approach to gardening that is more vital today than ever before. First published in 1870, The Wild Garden evolved through many editions and remained in print through the remainder of the author's lifetime (1838–1935). In the book, Robinson issued a forceful challenge to the prevailing style of the day, which relied upon tender plants arranged in rigidly geometrical designs. In sharp contrast, Robinson advocated for the use of hardy, locally adapted native and exotic plants arranged according to local growing conditions. Robinson's vision was inspired by his first-hand observations of natural habitats in Europe and North America, and he put his ideas into practice in his own garden at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. The Wild Garden was ground-breaking and hugely influential in its day, and is stunningly relevant to twenty-first century gardeners and landscape stewards seeking to adopt sustainable design and management practices.

In addition to the complete original text and illustrations from the fifth edition of 1895, this expanded edition includes new chapters and 112 color photographs by award-winning photographer and landscape consultant Rick Darke. His new material places wild gardening in modern context, underscoring Robinson's importance in the evolution of ecological design and illustrating an inspiring diversity of contemporary wild gardens.

The potent combination presented here makes this new edition of a timeless classic an essential resource for all who wish to know how we have arrived at our present understanding of gardens and what opportunities lie ahead. As will be immediately clear to anyone who leafs through this book, Robinson's urgent message continues to resonate.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11098 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Expanded edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R4Z2JK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every gardener should read this! 28 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
I read this many years ago in paperback form, with black and white engravings from the original.

It is not really a how to do it gardening book but more of a 'sit by the potting shed in the autumn sunshine, and plan what you'll do when you have the time' kind of book... have a notebook by your side!

I find it incomprehensible that there are no other reviews of this... perhaps there are of older printings. Suffice to say 'buy it' for the text which reads like a Victorian diary full of hints and tips of the most useable kind.

It is a gem to be treasured!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a 'can't put it down' book 9 Jan 2013
By Kered
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is difficult to believe that this book was written such a long time ago, forward looking and very reflective. Anyone who enjoys visiting other peoples gardens as well as reviewing their own will love it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book 24 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You might think that a book written so long ago would be out of date. Not so. Some of the plant names may have changed but the book is still full of sage advice and useful information.
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2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate use of English 11 Mar 2013
By charjah
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Interesting, well-produced and profusely illustrated. Unfortunately, the author's writing style can be painful to read: the use of "comprises of" should never be allowed and "envision" is an ugly and lazy Americanism. The correct verb is "envisage". An editor with a good understanding of the English language is needed if the book is to be reprinted.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition 8 April 2010
By C. Strand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have enjoyed Rick Darke's writing and lecturing for several years because his insights always seem so well timed. He has an instinct for when a topic or plant will become important to the larger gardening community and is therefore able to deliver his own particular spin on the subject, just as the discussion gets started. This instinct is why I was looking forward to this expanded edition of THE WILD GARDEN. Here at Winterthur, THE WILD GARDEN is seen as the inspiration for our unique gardening style - the naturalized plantings, broad sweeps of color, and celebration of the pastoral landscape, for example, come right out of the pages of Robinson's writing. I have always been hesitant though, to recommend that people read THE WILD GARDEN. The book can be a little dry. In my opinion, Rick has rescued it from this dryness. His writing has put the book in context and made it seem much more relevant to today's gardener. His photographs and the enlarged Alfred Parsons illustrations also help bring the concepts to life. For me this edition has been a wonderful excuse to revisit a classic. For many others, I hope it will be just the invitation they need to discover Robinson's thought provoking ideas.

Chris Strand, Winterthur, Delaware
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid information, particularly for beginning gardeners 4 Aug 2010
By mstaznee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The chapters added by Rick Darke are informative, particularly as an easy interpretation of the original text. The indexing was necessary, and quite good. The bulk of the book is from the original text, and while it is informative and often detailed, in some cases it becomes a little too extensive in elaborating on plants for particular situations.
The philosophy becomes quite clear - to plant hardy perennial (or reseeding) specimens in their ideal soil and site conditions, in masse, and turn them loose! The listed plants are often more suited to the British climate, and not as helpful to those residing in the Southern US, who must look outside this text for more adaptable specimens (see Michael Dirr or Alan Armitage).
Hopefully Rick Darke will come out with a newer edition with much more photography; the old text is charming, but the photo examples speak loud volumes!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Speaks to Today's Gardener 1 Nov 2010
By Thomas Mickey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
William Robinson's book presents a message, still important today: use plants that will take care of themselves, once they get established.
American garden writer and landscape designer Rick Darke provides an introdution to the new edition. He says, "For all of us seeking creative, practical approaches to today's challenges and opportunities, William Robinson's inspired response to the same issues more than a century ago offer historical perspective and suggest current strategies."
Darke traveled to Gravetye, Robinson's home south of London, to include in the book several photos from Robinson's home. The new images clearly reflect the words of Robinson as you read the book.
Robinson wrote to voice his disapproval about current garden trends in England, like carpet bedding or borders with annuals that demanded intense maintenance, and at the same time created an artificial or unnatural look. He wanted a return to a garden where the plants could just grow as they wanted, with minimum pruning, no staking, and generally less demand for garden maintenance.
Robinson confronts the issue of what are native plants and how exotic plants, or those brought from other cultures, may well become part of the landscape. He suggests beginning with local flora, but also makes allowance for exotics as part of the garden.
The setting that Robinson describes for the wild garden, or placing plants where they will thrive, could be any place on a property's landscape, but especially where one might have woods, meadows, or near water. Plant choice in such places is important to create a more natural look as the plants mature.
The plants he lists include spring bulbs like narcissus that could blanket a wooded area before the leaves of nearby trees appear. Also, he describes shrubs, trees, and vines that would fit the wild garden concept. He suggests a meadow on the property where possible rather than mowing. In the meadow you could plant perennials, and mow as infrequently as once a year.
Robinson prefers plants where a barrier might be needed rather than iron fences. In the book he lists trees and shrubs that would provide what he calls "a living fence".
He likes to see the ground covered so that there is no need for weeding or raking of leaves. He writes, "Never show the naked earth; clothe it."
The theme of Robinson's book seems quite relevant today. He calls the kind of planting he recommends, the wild garden or naturalizing, a term popular today. The lily of the valley is an example of a hardy plant he suggests for taking over an area. Just let it spread to create a delightful springtime look.
"The Wild Garden" speaks to today's gardener who is confronted with limited use of water and yearns for less maintenance in the garden. Robinson's book would be a welcome addition to any gardener's library.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Garden: expanded edition 27 Mar 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Wild Garden by William Robinson was written and re written over a period of more than 50 year for the Victorian English gardeners as a rebellion from the changed out bedding practices of the time. Robinson used native plants and imported plants from similar climes to enhance his estate in western England. The expanded edition uses wonderful photographs to enhance the wood cut prints of the 1890's edition.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to read many times over 15 May 2011
By Catherine Birdsall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is excellent and so full of information pertaining to woodland gardens that I will be reading it for many years.
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