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The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic

By: Sarah Hayden Reichard

220 pages, illus, tabs

University of California Press

Hardback | Jan 2011 | #186880 | ISBN-13: 9780520267404
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Modern gardening practices too often damage the environment, depleting resources in the soil while mining for soil amendments in far away places, or using water and pesticides in ways that can pollute lakes and rivers. Drawing from cutting edge research on urban horticulture, this book explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching and invasive species.

The book includes a scorecard that allows readers to quickly evaluate the sustainability of their current practices, as well as an extensive list of garden plants that are invasive, what they do, and where they should be avoided.

A modest and unassuming but powerful book... (Argues) that gardeners should be on the front line when it comes to recognizing the interconnection of mankind and nature.--New York Times Book Review "Her search for a garden ethic based on both science and a love of the land can serve as a model for gardeners everywhere."--American Gardener "Now is the time for a book like Reichard's."--Seattle Times "Succinct guidelines and extensive plant lists transform Reichard's cogent and considered ecological discourse into a practical and illuminating handbook for concerned and responsible gardeners."--Booklist Sustainable gardening and landscaping is a hot topic these days, and Reichard's book is a useful contribution in this area."--Choice


Foreword, by Peter Raven Introduction: The Land Ethic 1. The Skin of the Earth 2. Water, Our Most Precious Resource 3. Should You Go Native? 4. Aliens among Us 5. The Wild Kingdom 6. Preventing and Managing Pests 7. Confronting Climate Change 8. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose Epilogue: Toward a Garden Ethic Acknowledgments Appendix: Global List of Invasive Garden Plants Glossary Resources Index

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Sarah Hayden Reichard is Professor of Conservation Biology and Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. She is also Curator of the Hyde Herbarium at the University of Washington and heads the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program, both at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. She is coeditor of Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest.

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