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Planting with Nature: A Guide To Sustainable Gardening

Planting with Nature: A Guide To Sustainable Gardening

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Planting with Nature: A  Guide To Sustainable Gardening by Kirsty Wilson. Publication date 20th April

By re-imagining how we plan and use our gardens, we can all do our bit to support local wildlife, improve our health and help tackle the climate crisis. Positive steps, no matter how small, can really make a difference.

This is a practical, easy-to-use guide for anyone who wants to do their bit to boost nature in their patch and make the world a little greener. Illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, it contains essential information on many topics, from planting nectar-rich borders, native hedgerows, trees and wildflower meadows to creating rain gardens, green roofs and ponds.

These activities, together with the building of homes and feeders for birds, mammals, amphibians, bees and other insects, will encourage many kinds of native wildlife to thrive in your garden, no matter the size. Expert advice is also provided on sustainable gardening approaches to fruit and vegetable production, making compost and the creation of new plants through propagation.


Kirsty Wilson is a Garden Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She is also a presenter on BBC TV’s Beechgrove and appears on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time as a panellist. Kirsty has a degree in Horticulture and Plantsmanship, a diploma in Garden Design, and has previously worked for HM King Charles III at Highgrove, Longwood Gardens in the USA and St Andrews Botanic Garden. In 2021 she won the RHS Roy Lancaster Award.

Hazel France studied fine art before discovering a love of plants. Inspired to study for a degree in Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, she is now employed there as a Glasshouse Horticulturist, helping to conserve plants in the tropical collections. In her work as an illustrator, she is passionate about drawing plants as a way of capturing the liveliness, vibrancy and detail of the natural world.

  • Author: Kirtsy Wilson. Illustrated by Hazel France
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: 20th April 2023


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