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The godfather of British nature writing reflects on the conflict between cultivation and autonomous nature.

 

We regard gardens as our personal dominions, where we can create whatever worlds we desire. But they are also occupied by myriads of other organisms, all with their own lives to lead. The conflict between these two power bases, Richard Mabey suggests, is a microcosm of what is happening in the larger world.

 

In this provocative book, rooted in the daily dramas of his own Norfolk garden, Mabey offers a different scenario, where nature becomes an equal partner, a 'gardener' itself. Against a background of disordered seasons he watches his 'accidental' garden reorganising itself. Ants sow cowslip seeds in the parched grass. Moorhens take to nesting in trees. A spectacular self-seeded rose springs up in the gravel. The garden becomes a place of cultural and ecological fusion, and perhaps a metaphor for the troubled planet.

 

This is vintage Mabey, maverick, intensely observed, and written with an unquenchable sense of wonder.

 

'Absolutely enchanting' Isabella Tree

 

Published June 2024

 

Signed First Edition

Nature Writing
Hardback 176 pages | 204 x 138 mm

Profile Books Ltd

Book - The Accidental Garden - Richard Mabey

£12.99Price
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