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The Wild Garden Hardcover – 1 Jan 2010

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Extended edition edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929553
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Rick Darke captures in text and brilliant photography the essence of Robinson's philosophy, now practiced virtually worldwide. Peter Herbert, consultantand former proprietor of Gravetye Manor

Rick Darke has done a great service to all gardeners in showing how Robinson's nineteenth-century classic is alive and relevant to us and our time. Noel Kinsbury, garden designer, author, lecturer

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 125 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.
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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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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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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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Turgid. Gardening books always struggle to be interesting unless they tell you how to grow or do something. This book does not do this but tries to philosophise on wild gardens....which is quite boring. I only brought the book because it was recommended on a gardening programme, but now regret buying it and trying to read it. Don't bother!
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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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