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Zen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno,&hellip by Mira Locher
This is a beautiful book. The Masuno gardens are discussed in lovely detail with some excellent photography. A slight criticism i have is that some of the photographs are clearly taken very soon after the completion of the garden so there has been no time for any kind of maturity of planting or character to set in. What I really liked was an interview with Masuno where he talks about his design philosophy which is a fascinating read. I'm not completely 'there' with some of Masuno's gardens, the stones are fresh and sharp and clearly show signs of the quarry they have been wrested from so some of these are very contemporary and I'm sure are going to need a century of use and wear to achieve… Read more
A Rough Ride to the Future by James Lovelock
A Rough Ride to the Future by James Lovelock
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I can remember being captivated by Gaia when Lovelock published his original ideas. I found it fitted closely with my own academic experiences as a Geography undergrad. In later years I tried to introduce a lot of the ideas into my teaching...difficult in crappy UK geography teaching curricula at GCSE and A level. Lovelock explains why...we don't get enough good training in basic scientific method and that inevitably leaves us with difficulties when communicating the basics. This latest or (last) pop at the whole thing is excellent. Lovelock never forgets his scientific roots so all claims he makes are backed up by his training, background or experience, which makes this a very rich reading… Read more
Plants and Habitats: An Introduction to Common Pla&hellip by Ben Averis
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A bit pricey but nevertheless a superb collection of key botanical and habitat information in one book. If you are a surveyor or just starting out in the business then this is one for you. Experienced surveyors will doubtless use Stace and Poland for their id work but even though I use them all the time I found that the approach and structure of this book is really handy. The key difference is that the plant collections are related to their NVC communities which is really great. I suppose the reason I got sold on the approach so quickly was that this book reflected what I was actually writing down in my field notes so it does closely reflect my approach to NVC plant and habitat survey work… Read more

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