Some forty-five years ago the late Robert Hart had a vision of planting a small food-producing forest, which could fulfil the needs of a healthy diet and at the same time create a beautiful and ecologically sound environment. He based his ideas on tropical forest gardens, which combine maximum output with minimum labour. Having explored Robertis practical and philosophical ideas, this film goes on to look at two other projects inspired by the principles of forest gardening and perennial vegetable growing. On a windy plot in Cornwall, Ken Fern has set up Plants for a Future, where he grows 1500 species of useful perennial plants (with a further 5,000 on a database). Kenis idea is to create a garden which caters for all our needs and can be enjoyed. And a few miles north of London, Mike and Julia Guerra have created a tiny garden as an inspiration to anyone wishing to eact locallyi. For as little as two hours a week, they can grow produce for six months of the year, by successfully combining the techniques of permaculture design, forest gardening and conventional organic growing.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 156 x 233 x 19mm | 427g
- 01 May 1996
- GREEN BOOKS
- Green Earth Books (an Imprint of Green Books)
- Totnes, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 8 colour plates, 20 line drawings
Back cover copy
Based on the model of a healthy natural woodland, a forest garden incorporates a wide variety of useful plants, including fruit and nut trees, perennial herbs, and vegetables. Robert Hart's book beautifully describes his decades of experience gardening in the Shropshire countryside. The principles of "backyard permaculture" he has developed can be applied successfully in every temperate zone of North America, helping to transform even a small cottage garden into a diverse and hospitable habitat for songbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Blending history, philosophy, anthropology, and seasoned gardening wisdom in a lucid sequence of essays, Forest Gardening examines the pleasure of "hands off" as well as hands-on gardening. This book offers fresh ways of understanding the relationships between people and growing plants. For gardeners who aspire to create ecological as well as beautiful gardens, Forest Gardening will be an inspiration and a pleasure.
About Robert Hart
Robert Hart was the pioneer of Forest Gardening in the UK. His work inspired many others to pursue his vision of a more self-sufficient and vibrant community based on agroforestry techniques.