on 28 May 2011
Ark Redwood has written the best book on gardening ever - if you want the detail of gardening techniques and practices there are more than enough other books out there - but if you want to connect to the essence of gardening, to make a direct and meaningful link between spiritual practice and the art of gardening, this is excellent. Given the title it isn't at all surprising there is a lot of mindfulness in this book, but more than that it is truly a book on gardening written by someone who clearly is a committed and wise gardener. Written to match the cycle of the year, it also isn't a read-once book - it will be well worth while contemplating the appropriate section for each season when it arrives both to remind us to be mindful in our interaction with nature, both from a spiritual and a practical gardening perspective. The writing is easy and often humourous - Redwood's voice can be heard gently reminding us that everything in the universe is interconnected and inter-dependant, and that gardening is a way of cultivating compassion for all things.
on 3 June 2011
'Sowing the seeds of meditation' is the subtitle of this groundbreaking and inspirational first book by Ark Redwood, Head Gardener for more than a decade at one of Britains most sacred public gardens - Chalice Well in Glastonbury.
In his introduction Ark says ' gardening is a pastime that can give us a wealth of possibilities for mindfulness training' and in this book he is as good as his word in a text full of awareness and wisdom, the love of language and horticulture, a sense of childlike wonder, and a true writers gift of self-expression.
The Art of Mindful Gardening is an intriguing journey through the cycle of the seasons offering the observations and insights of a seasoned plantsman and a serious practitioner of mindfulness. It is destined to be a gardening if not a spiritual classic and is beautifully designed and produced by Leaping Hare Press. A book to treasure.
on 17 January 2012
This is a really nicely produced book, and leads you through gardening tasks thoughtfully and meditatively. It won't teach the beginning gardener how to do all the basic tasks perhaps, but it will make you think about why you are doing what you are doing in the garden. A good read.