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A Gentle Plea for Chaos: Reflections from an English Garden

By Mirabel Osler



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Author Mirabel Osler
Binding Paperback
Date published May 2011
Number of pages 192
Publisher Bloomsbury
ISBN / Item No. 9781408817896


In this book the author describes the way her garden evolved and how, without meaning to do so, she let it take over her life. She suggests moving away from planning, regimentation and gardening with the mentality of a stamp-collector.

Frequently funny and always stimulating, she writes of the alchemy of gardens, of the 19th-century plant-collectors and plant illustrators and of the gardening philosophers, all fertilizing great thoughts along with their hollyhocks.

She won the 1988 Sinclair Consumer Press Garden Writer of the Year Award.

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