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The history of organic gardening in Australia is traced back to the 1940s when growers were inspired by ecological thinking, which emphasized the “interdependency of all things.” Australian author Rebecca Jones tells of her budding interest in the subject when she planted her first garden in the inner city. Since then, she says she has become a “keen organic grower” and a recognized authority as an historian of environmental history. Her research began with interviews of Australian farmers and growers who practiced a variety of gardening types in a range of environmental conditions. She uses a series of case studies that illustrate the key themes of land management.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden