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Second Nature

Second Nature

An account of one man's experience in his garden.

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ISBN 9780747527527
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780747533894
Published 1 October 1996 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Pollan, Michael
Series Bloomsbury gardening classics
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ISBN-13 9780747527527
ISBN-10 0747527520
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 1 October 1996
International Publication Date 25 July 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Pollan, Michael
Series Bloomsbury gardening classics
Category Pollution & Threats To The Environment
Social Impact Of Environmental Issues
Number of Pages 279
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 214mm
Weight 540g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Gardening, Philosophy
NBS Text Gardening
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 635
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Second Nature is a lively and absorbing account of one man's experience in his garden.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review From the executive editor of Harper's magazine, an important and profoundly original book that is a radical departure from the standard gardening text. Juxtaposing two currents of human response to nature - the market ethic, in which manipulation and chemistry are used regardless of consequence, and the wilderness ethic, in which the environment is allowed to take its natural course - Pollan develops an alternative gardener's ethic. Pollan begins by contrasting the gardening methods of his grandfather, who re-presents the market ethic, with those of his father, who leans more toward the wilderness ethic. As he begins his own garden, Pollan tries to emulate his father's less rigid ways but soon runs afoul of a woodchuck - which pushes him into the market ethic as he tries anything to rid himself of this garden-damaging pest. As he examines alternatives, Pollan begins to develop his own philosophy. He realizes that animals in general after the environment to their advantage, and he sees a parallel between a garden fence and a beaver's dam. His newfound notion views a garden [as] a place that admits nature and human habitation, one requiring human intervention or it will collapse. He uses three examples - lawns, roses, and weeds - to support his argument, and by tracing their history and social and political aspects, makes a sound case for intervention in nature. In rejecting the wilderness ethic, he notes that it is now too late to follow Thoreau into the woods. Instead, Pollan offers a 10-point formula for the gardener's ethic, which generally recognizes no division between nature and culture; in fact, he advocates that we participate in the transformation of nature by striking a balance between the market and the wilderness ethics: romantic notions about nature bear little fruit; continual taking can ruin a garden. More than a gardening book, this is a well-developed philosophy of life and nature in a technological world. (Kirkus Reviews)

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