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The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic

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We are reminded almost daily that the environment is affected by our actions and the decisions we make. Most gardeners understand, at some basic level, the inter-connectedness of the natural world and that what they choose to do can have lasting consequences—both good and bad. Gardeners tend to want to learn more about how to grow things better, about new plants, or about ways to lessen their negative impact on the world around them. Anyone who strives to impart that kind of information soon learns that proscribing certain behaviors is ineffective without offering alternative methods, products, or ideas. Sarah Reichard, has accomplished that task in The Conscientious Gardener. In a series of essays, inspired by the likes of environmentalists Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, we are shown how ingrained gardening habits, driven by years of consumerism and thoughtless consumption, have left many a landscape at complete odds with the environment. The beautifully manicured but mostly unused lawns that surround homes in the arid West come immediately to mind. Reichard's book offers some alternatives for us to consider.

Each chapter of The Conscientious Gardener covers a specific topic, ...

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