The Little Book of Wild Gardening is a guide for anyone wanting to garden in a more sustainable, natural way. Working with nature benefits not just the garden, but also the gardener, wildlife and the wider environment. Divided into sections for different garden areas – including lawns, flower beds, edibles, trees and water features – The Little Book of Wild Gardening details how to embrace a natural approach to gardening for plots large and small.
Introductory chapters explain how garden ecosystems can work, and how a healthy garden can mean savings in both work and resources for the gardener. There are plant profiles providing a variety of choices for a wilder approach, plus design tips and expertise in sustainable and wildlife-friendly gardening. From a sustainable veg patch to wildflower meadows, and from bat boxes to gravel gardens, the book includes projects and plants in a range of sizes and timescales so gardeners can create a bountiful and enjoyable haven that will benefit themselves, their local area, and all kinds of wildlife.
Holly Farrell trained at RHS Garden Wisley, where she gained the Wisley Diploma and RHS Certificates in Horticulture. Since then she has worked in gardens large and small, and written numerous books. RHS Gardening for Mindfulness was a finalist at the 2017 Garden Media Guild Awards, as was The Jam Maker's Garden. Holly is also the author of Growing Herbs (Kew Gardener's Guides), Grow Your Own Cake, RHS Happy Houseplants, RHS Miniature Garden Grower, and RHS Plants from Pips (winner, Prix PJ Redouté 2016). Get Growing is her latest in a series of titles all aimed to inspire people to get outside and take up gardening; forthcoming titles for 2020 and 2021 are Do Bees Need Weeds? (co-author) and Healing with Plants: The Chelsea Physic Garden Herbal.
Holly also regularly contributes to magazines such as The Garden, In the Moment, Breathe, The English Garden, Kitchen Garden and Teen Breathe. Her Instagram account follows her in her own Shropshire garden and out in the countryside.