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Washington Post Names Gaia’s Garden One of the Year’s Best

We’re fast approaching the end of the year. It’s a time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past 12 months. And, of course, it’s time to start rolling out the “best of the year” lists.

The Washington Post just released their list of the year’s best gardening books. We couldn’t be happier that the Post named Toby Hemenway‘s revised and remastered Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture to the list. Congratulations, Toby!

Landscape and gardening books are handy sources of inspiration that make perfect holiday gifts for the gardener on your list. Here is a selection of the best works from this year’s bumper crop of books:

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“Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” second edition, by Toby Hemenway (Chelsea Green, 2009). This book explores ways to create energy-efficient designs by making good use of sun, wind, vegetation and land contours in urban and country settings. The term permaculture refers to creating sustainable landscapes, homes and workplaces based on ecological principles. Most of the ideas in the book are for land parcels of a quarter-acre or larger, but there is a chapter on permaculture gardening in the city. It clearly and concisely covers most aspects of environmentally friendly horticultural design, including energy analyses, design process, water use, wildlife and plant use.

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