The Carefree Garden

The Carefree Garden

AVAILABLE June 1st, 2015
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Gardening • June 2015 978-1-77151-126-1
• paperback • $21.95 6 x 9 • 240 pages • 100+ colour photos

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The Carefree Garden

Letting Nature Play Her Part
by Bill Terry

A lighthearted and clever reflection on how best to work with Mother Nature to create a carefree garden from well-respected West Coast gardener Bill Terry.

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 demands—by integrating endemic plants, and choosing natural species and varieties—and the gardener’s personality—expressing their own taste and creativity, and embodying private memories. This is a witty collection of reflections that will appeal to gardeners everywhere.

PRAISE FOR The Carefree Garden
The Carefree Garden is a joyful celebration of the act of coaxing a garden into being on a Pacific Northwest shoreline under the watchful eye of Mother Nature herself. Both enchanting and instructive, this book is a life-enhancing delight; a pleasure to read and a feast for the senses.” —Jane Urquhart, award-winning author of The Stone Carvers and The Night Stages.

BILL TERRY is a retired CBC executive, as well as the author of Blue Heaven and Beyond Beauty, and co-author of Beauty by Design. He lives on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast with his wife, Rosemary.

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