The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic

The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic
Author: 
Sara Hayden Reichard
Publisher: 
University of California Press
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–520–26740–4,

decorated boards, 254 pp., $27.50

Reichard is guided in this book by the philosophy of Aldo Leopold who “believed that a land ethic reflects an ecological conscience.” Beginning with the first chapter, Reichard continues an extensive discussion of water, native plants, invasive species, the wild kingdom, climate change, and finally the 4 Rs—recycle, reduce, reuse, and repurpose. The book reflects her development as a gardener as she became increasingly aware of the unintended consequences of some seemingly normal practices in the garden. Her detailed explanations will be helpful to anyone seeking to develop a garden ethic. The epilogue sets forth a series of conscientious choices to be followed. The appendix provides an extensive list of garden plants that could be invasive, based on Reichard’s research. This book contains all the information and research needed to inspire any gardener to develop a personal garden ethic.

— Joan Richards, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
13
Number: 
3