Wild About Weeds
Garden Design with Rebel Plants
by Jack Wallington
Pub Date 21 Oct 2019
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Wild About Weeds by RHS-qualified garden designer Jack Wallington is the first gardening book that looks again at garden design’s most ignored group of plants: weeds.
Not all weeds are ugly uncontrollable brutes. Yes, they can be difficult and intimidating, but weeds can bring a wild, rebellious element to a garden.
In his new book, Jack Wallington profiles over 50 weeds and demonstrates surprising ways to grow them. He explains every element of growing weeds in our own gardens, from weed hunting to collecting and storing weeds, and letting these wild plants flourish without taking control.
Wild About Weeds makes a compelling case for leaving weeds in gardens as part of planting schemes to help bring gardens to life and make them more sustainable and wildlife-friendly. Including a brief history of garden weeds, as well as exclusive interviews with top gardeners, designers and botanists,
Wild About Weeds is the must-have guide for anyone looking to tame and nurture the most challenging of plants.
About the Author
Jack Wallington is an RHS-qualified garden designer and award-winning garden writer based in London. He studies at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and specializes in modern gardens with naturalistic planting. His articles have been published by Telegraph Gardening, RHS The Garden magazine, and others.
“A lovely, practical gardening book that celebrates the beauty and ecological value of the gorgeous plants that we have been silly enough to overlook. Gardens with native ‘weeds’ are quintessentially English, tangled and tousled, and self-deprecating. Yet they burst with life, for these are plants that have evolved alongside our pollinators such as bees, and other insects that offer themselves to birds. Wild about Weeds sensibly distinguishes between the under-appreciated plants that conjure life into our gardens, and those potentially invasive species that are undesirable for good reason.” Jonathan Drori CBE, author of Around the World in 80 Trees
"In this excellent guide, garden designer Wallington rehabilitates the lowly weed...Wallington’s humor (“part of me—the rebellious, weed-like part!—likes weeds purely because people tell me not to”) and passion for his subject shine through on every page. This new spin on an old subject will encourage both new and seasoned gardeners to look at what’s already growing in their garden (and what could be) with fresh eyes." Publishers Weekly