In conceiving her Gravel Garden, Beth Chatto embarked on a voyage
of discovery. Could she -- on three-quarters of an acre of poor,
heavily compacted, gravelly soil -- make a decorative garden where
plants would survive without watering, even in times of drought?
The story of the creation of the Gravel Garden is one of triumph
over adversity, of marvelling at miracles and learning from
failures, with fascinating lessons for all gardeners. Beth Chatto
treasures her plants and at times it was anguish for her as she
watched them struggle against the cruel conditions nature imposes.
But her ability to "sort out the most reliable plants for the
driest, and the most windswept of sites" and her unrivalled
knowledge of plants and how to give them the best start in life
made the experiment an unqualified success, while her artist's eye
for color, form and shape enabled her to create a garden of great
Providing the answer to every visitor's question, "How on earth
did you do it?" and showing how her principles can be applied on
any scale, this book is an essential read for every gardner. Rich
with tips for gardening in the face of water shortages and poor
soil, and expressed in Beth Chatto's engaging style, it is certain
to become a gardening classic.
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