Penelope Hobhouse's Natural Planting
The 20th century has seen a significant development in an approach to gardening that can be described as natural. This means capturing the essence of nature's intentions, and interpreting that by using plants appropriate to the environment, thus incidentally saving water and eliminating the need for fertilizers and pesticides. All over the world gardeners have found strong reasons for gardening in this new ecological way. In this book Penelope Hobhouse explores the origins of the movement and shows why, both for ecological reasons and for the benefit of plants, gardeners should consider this approach. It demonstrates, using examples of gardens round the world, how natural gardening works and how it can be adopted in one's own garden.
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