A history of gardens in Britain with special reference to the evolution of different styles and the changing importance in them of native and exotic plant species.
How does a garden differ from other habitats, both natural and semi-natural? Is it true that the modern home garden is largely a collection of hybrids between exotic species? These and other questions are answered in New Naturalist: Garden Natural History. It touches on subjects such as plant fertilising, watering, pest and disease control, pesticide usage, greenhouses, lawn mowing digging, pruning, hedge clipping, protecting plants from wildlife, scarers and traps. It also points out the role of the gardener as a conservator and how the garden can be an inspiration for a naturalist.
The New Naturalist series now contains over 100 other titles and Garden Natural History is a must have for every collector or person with an interest in natural history.
'Original, informative and richly illustrated: a great book to while away an afternoon in the garden.' Guardian 'While covering topics such as the modern-day garden and the gardener's role, Buczacki is keen to highlight the educative role of gardens, and speculates on what could be in store for them in the forthcoming years. With a book as inspiring as this, that future is set to be bright green.' The Field
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Professor Stefan Buczacki is one of the country's most distinguished gardening writers and broadcasters. He is in demand as a speaker, consultant and garden designer and his extensive practical gardening knowledge is underpinned by his scientific expertise -- educated at Southampton and Oxford Universities he gained an international research reputation before leaving to become freelance over twenty years ago. He has received numerous accolades and awards from the scientific community and has published many thousands of articles and photographs, and over fifty books on gardening and natural history. He now writes extensively on wildlife and wildlife gardening for publications including the RSPB BIRDS magazine and Gardens Monthly.