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From the Prince of Wales, an intimate guide to his Royal gardens and pioneering organic approach to creating world-class beauty.
For twenty-six years, the Prince of Wales has passionately honed the organic practices used at Highgrove, Their Royal Highnesses' family home in Gloucestershire, as well as in his other gardens at Birkhall in the Scottish Highlands and Clarence House in central London. Now, alongside Andrew Lawson's elegant photographs and with Country Living gardening editor Stephanie Donaldson, the Prince's vivid elucidation of his techniques for maintaining healthy soil, planting varieties, and sustaining an ecosystem "in harmony with the natural laws and rhythms of the universe of which we are an integral part" offers a wealth of wisdom to delight and inspire any gardener. His practices, based on a deep respect for nature, can be adapted to almost any garden, large or small. The Prince is hands-on in his gardens, and it is this passion that reveals itself intimately to be at the heart of The Elements of Organic Gardening. 200 full-color photographs.
"This handsome coffee-table book introduces the basics of organic gardening through a formal yet intimate tour of the prince of Wales's three stately gardens: Highgrove, the estate he uses as a demonstration organic farm and fund-raiser for charities; Clarence House, his London home, and Birkhall, 'the most private of the Prince's gardens' at Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands. It appears to be written mainly by Donaldson (Peaceful Gardens), with an introduction and selected quotations from Prince Charles, and includes standard subjects such as how to build soil, make compost and choose seed varieties, but also intriguing descriptions of more unusual experiments, such as the extensive rainwater collection and reed and willow pond water filtration system from which all the water at Highgrove is obtained. Avid gardeners will appreciate the detailed photos of woven willow plant supports and the movable bee house 'honey factory.' Anglophiles will be charmed by photos of the prince laying hedges and filling bird feeders, and descriptions of those who work his gardens, such as Dennis Brown, 70-something manager of Highgrove's 'productive' garden, who 'leaves the Walled Garden at the end of the day' to cultivate vegetables 'he hopes will trounce all comers at the local shows.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, is devoted to gardening and nature conservation. Stephanie Donaldson is the gardening editor of Country Living magazine. Andrew Lawson is one of the world's leading garden photographers.