We Are the ARK: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness
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We Are the ARK: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness

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From the acclaimed author of Garden Awakening, We Are the ARK urgently advocates all home gardeners to bring nature back to their yards and to be an active part of positive environmental change. The loss of biodiversity is rapidly reducing the ability of the earth to maintain clean air and water and to provide food and habitat for all her creatures - including us. We must take direct action to alleviate the unjustifiable stress on the individual plants and animals and other life forms we share our planet with. But how do we do it? In We are the ARK, award-winning garden designer Mary Reynolds provides an answer: by restoring nature to our home gardens and public spaces through acts of restorative kindness (ARK). So what is an ARK? It's a restored, native ecosystem, and a thriving patch of native plants and creatures that have been allowed to re-establish in the earth's intelligent, successional process of natural restoration. Over time, this land becomes a habitat for pollinators and wild creatures who are in desperate need of support. In We Are the ARK, Reynolds details exactly how home gardeners can play a role, no matter the size of their space. Readers will be inspired to take part in positive environmental change and equipped to do so at home. AUTHOR: Mary Reynolds is a reformed internationally acclaimed landscape designer. The youngest woman in history to win a gold medal for garden design at the Chelsea flower show in 2002, she has since given that all up to be part of the solution to the crisis we are all living through, the climate and biodiversity collapse. She is the bestselling author The Garden Awakening, and a motivational speaker and founder of the global movement We Are The ARK. SELLING POINTS: . We Are the ARK is equal parts advocacy and instruction. Reynolds cogently and passionately explains how gardening can make an impact on the environment and instructs home gardeners on how to do so on their own property . Mary Reynolds is an award-winning garden designer and the author of the groundbreaking book Garden Awakening. Her passionate fans follow her on wearetheark.org. 200 colour illustrations
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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 152 x 203 x 26.92mm | 489.88g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1643261789
  • 9781643261782
  • 1,083

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"Inspirational for all." --Library Journal

"Native-plant gardening has many boosters, but Reynolds and illustrator Ruth Evans package their advocacy in an especially coherent, homeowner-friendly way, deftly outlining the problem." --Booklist

"In this exquisite manifesto, Mary Reynolds brilliantly reconceives what the land around our homes and communities could be." --Paul Hawken, author of Regeneration



"Mary Reynolds gives us a much-needed reason for hope. The gardener, the conservationist, the city planner, ?and the nature lover will all be inspired for this wonderful book shows how thousands of even small wildlife friendly gardens, including school gardens, can provide habitat for embattled wildlife around the world." --Jane Goodall, Phd, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute UN Messenger of Peace

"Mary has seen the future of conservation. You may be surprised to learn that it is you!" --Doug Tallamy, author of Nature's Best Hope

"Restoring healthy and biodiverse patchworks of the earth is essential for maintaining a livable planet. If you feel hopeless and like you can't individually make a difference with climate disruption and biodiversity loss, please read this book. It's a great blueprint for having an impact on your immediate environment and becoming a steward of nature." --Julia Jackson, founder Grounded.org

"A visual, literary, and poetic masterpiece. A?manifesto for not just rewilding our land, but for reigniting our inextricable connection to nature and agency as stewards of our planet." --Shyla Raghav, Shyla Raghav, Head of Partnerships, ?CO2, TIME

"This marvelous, insightful book is a rallying cry to all garden owners, nature lovers, and practical ecologists.?It imagines a future that remains ours to make if we just give nature a helping hand."?--Tim Smit, co-founder Eden Project

"A truly beautiful book: inspiring, educational, and uplifting. It helps remind us where our real home is and how to get back to it." --David Flynn, The Happy Pear

"We are the ARK is a remembrance of our earth being, of care and kindness, and of diversity and cooperation. It reminds us that we are the earth, that earth care is the essence of our being, and helps us return the earth to the fullness of her life, peace, and abundance through our caring, sharing, and gratitude." --Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya, and the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy

"Mary's work is brilliantly simple, and simply brilliant. It offers rare inspiration in dark times. Buy the book and get going."--Paul Kingsnorth, ?co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project
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About Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds is a reformed internationally acclaimed landscape designer. The youngest woman in history to win a gold medal for garden design at the Chelsea flower show in 2002, she has since given that all up to be part of the solution to the crisis we are all living through, the climate and biodiversity collapse. Mary is the bestselling author The Garden Awakening, and a motivational speaker and founder of the global movement We Are The ARK.
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