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An Ear To the Ground

While the British are happy to call themselves a nation of gardeners, they rarely have any idea of the science that is happening before their very eyes. How did plants get to be the way they are? Why do they have pretty flowers? How different would things have been if the wrong kind of pollinators had got the upper hand? Why are Latin names so complicated, and why Latin anyway? Why is a weed-free lawn an ecological impossibility?

This entertaining book gives the answers to these questions and many more. It shows how a little botanical knowledge can bring not just better results, but also peace of mind, and that losing sleep over such traditional gardening bogeys as weeds, pests, and pruning, is not necessarily the best course. Indeed, if Ken Thompson's message can be summed up in one word, that word is relax.

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About The Author

KEN THOMPSON is a plant ecologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He has written over 100 articles in scientific journals, but has always wanted to write something that might be read by more than twelve people. Having been a keen gardener for many years, he has become increasingly interested in the ecology of gardens and the promotion of science to the general public. He writes a regular column on the science of gardening for ORGANIC GARDENING magazine and never watches television gardening programmes.


Good popular science books for gardeners do not come along every day. Those that are easy to read, witty and do not insult the intelligence of readers are rarer still. So I can't recommend too highly An Ear to the Ground by Ken Thompson, which gives up-to-the-minute answers to all those questions that nag at you when you are bottom-up in a flower border or floating off to sleep at night.' Ursula Buchan, Daily Telegraph.

'Wise and refreshing.' The Garden

'This joyful little book will help debunk some gardening myths, and reveal your garden as it really its'. Daily Mail

'An excellent read'. The Times

'The book we've been waiting for'. Sunday Telegraph

Product details

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Eden Project Books; Reprint edition (12 Feb 2008)

Language English

ISBN-10: 1903919207

ISBN-13: 978-1903919200

Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm

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