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Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening

Articles: Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening

In Tomorrow's Garden, Stephen Orr conveys a sense of what a modern garden should be: visually pleasing, environmentally responsible, and suited to its place. He writes, "For this book, I traveled the nation to talk to gardeners who could help me address the breadth and range of our nation's horticulture from many different perspectives."

Throughout the book, Orr introduces readers to innovative gardeners and designers across the country.

Before thinking about the more decorative aspects of gardening and plant selection, the author encourages gardeners to consider how each outdoor area will be used. Enclosed courtyards for outdoor living and dining, a small labyrinth for contemplative activity, a multi-use space that seems larger than its actual size, and a play area for children are just a few of the possible uses.

The suitability of plants to the site is emphasized over gardens that are strictly native in their plant palette. The author believes that "gardening, by its very definition, is the act of modifying nature, and sometimes that entails growing things in places where they wouldn't normally exist." Choosing appropriate plants for the site involves an understanding o...

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