The Carefree Garden

The Carefree Garden

Letting Nature Play Her Part

Book - 2015
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Perseus Publishing
What happens when a lifelong gardener finally realizes he must collaborate with Mother Nature, rather than work against her, to achieve his dream of creating the perfect garden? In this delightful and thoughtful narrative journey of horticultural discovery, Bill Terry asks how and even why we garden, and to what end.

These are personal stories, thoughts, and ideas about the perfect” garden interspersed with humorous imagined conversations with Mother Nature herself. As he works in his West Coast garden, choosing wild roses over fancy hybrid teas, and discarding man-made cultivars in favour of the charm and simplicity of peonies, hellebores, and tulips, Terry learns to welcome and encourage happy accidents, greatly reducing the work and effort required to maintain order (as most gardeners seek to do), and embrace a substantial measure of disorder.

The perfect garden, he discovers, respects both Mother Nature’s demandsby integrating endemic plants, and choosing natural species and varietiesand the gardener’s personalityexpressing their own taste and creativity, and embodying private memories. This is a witty collection of reflections that will appeal to gardeners everywhere.


Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : TouchWood Editions, c2015
ISBN: 9781771511261
Branch Call Number: 635.9676 TER
Characteristics: 183 p. :,col. ill. ;,23 cm.

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West Coast author Bill Terry wittily reflects upon his realization that in order to create a perfect garden, he must work with Mother Nature. He learns to accept happy accidents and to accept substantial disorder in his garden


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