By Alex N


Plant Selection: Learning From Nature Volume 1 is the first e-book by Dr. Noel Kingsbury, published by the online gardening school and available to download now via amazon.

Plant Selection: Learning From Nature is the first in a series of e-books on planting design and plant usage in gardens, parks and other designed landscapes, with an emphasis on sustainability. Suitable for both professional and amateur landscape designers, landscape managers and gardeners in all non-tropical situations, readers will need no prior knowledge of plant sciences or planting design before referencing this e-book.

The inaugural horticultural e-book introduces readers to the basics of plants - the different physical forms plants take, their needs, their responses to different climates and environments, their competition with each other and the issues around long-term performance. Plant ecology science is taken as a starting point in order to help readers understand why plants do what they do and to try to predict how they will perform in the future.

There is also an emphasis on understanding plants as dynamic parts of a system, an approach which will help reduce maintenance and improve the sustainability and biodiversity of plantings. With an understanding of how plants survive as living things, designers and gardeners can go on to create combinations which provide beauty, longevity and functionality; subjects which will be covered in future books.

Dr. Noel Kingsbury is internationally known as an innovator, writer and teacher in the garden world. He has worked on both private gardens and public spaces developing nature-inspired planting, and has written about garden design, planting, green roofs and the politics of gardening. A great believer in using science to inform our gardening, Noel completed a PhD with the University of Sheffield in 2008. He is a tutor at MyGardenSchool and lives and gardens in the Welsh Borders near Hay-on-Wye.

Plant Selection: Learning From Nature by Dr. Noel Kingsbury is out now and costs £9.95 / US$15.49 from amazon: /

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Alex N

I'm passionate about online learning, and lucky enough to work for Learning with Experts. Most recent course: The Pie Shop with River Cottage's Tom Morrell. Next course: Container Gardening with Chris Beardshaw.

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