In his articles and in best-selling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man's place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere. "As delicious a meditation on one man's relationships with the Earth as any you are likely to come upon" (The New York Times Book Review), Second Nature captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation.
When it comes to fresh vegetables, nothing comes close to growing your ownbut where to start? For those of us that crave the crisp taste of home-grown tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, and more but lack the crucial experience and know-how, it can be difficul
World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Butterfly/Bug Net: Catch butterflies and dreamsBright net with green handle and red nettingEncourages little gardeners to run in the sun and play all day
"War is the normal occupation of man-war and gardening." -Winston Churchill"A Green and Pleasant Land" tells the intriguing and inspiring story of how Britain's wartime government encouraged and cajoled its citizens to grow their own fruits and vegetables. As World War II began in earnest and a whole nation listened to wireless broadcasts, dug holes for Anderson shelters, counted their coupons, and made do and mended, so too were they instructed to "Dig for Victory.
Leonardo da Vinci once mused that "we know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot," an observation that is as apt today as it was five hundred years ago. The biological world under our toes is often unexplored and unappreciated, yet it teems with life. In one square meter of earth, there lives trillions of bacteria, millions of nematodes, hundreds of thousands of mites, thousands of insects and worms, and hundreds of snails and slugs.
World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Lantern: Perfect for collecting treasures of the garden and the great outdoorsRed and green caterpillar palLight and bright for curious little gardenersRequires 3 AA batteries (not included)
"Flora Mirabilis" is a sumptuously designed showcase of superb illustrations paired with fascinating stories of botanical exploration and trade through the ages. A collaboration between National Geographic and the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, this book will prove an evergreen source of delight, not just for gardeners and flower aficionados, but for anyone interested in the plant world, human civilization, and their intertwined histories.
'War is the normal occupation of man - war and gardening', said Winston Churchill, Britain's great wartime Prime Minister. And so it was that during the Second World War these two strands of national life - war and gardening - became tightly intertwined.
From the earliest of times people have sought to grow and nurture plants in a garden area. Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World traces the beginning of gardening and garden history, from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, to the Minoans and Mycenaeans, Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, through Byzantine, Islamic and Persian gardens right up to the Middle Ages.
From well-loved oaks and pines to rare, spectacular species such as the snowbells of Japan, this lavishly illustrated work is an unparalleled guide to more than six hundred of the world's major forest and garden trees. An excellent resource for gardeners, botanists, and general readers alike, "The World of Trees "is a tribute to natural beauty by a superb prose stylist, an essential reference, and a practical guide for gardening.