Flowering meadows are appealing to gardeners and valuable for wildlife, but they can be difficult to establish.
This book will change all that with its pragmatic yet eco-friendly advice. Gardeners and landscape professionals alike will relish James Hewetson-Brown's common sense approach. There is no need to be an expert on habitat planting or plant ecology—just follow the step-by-step techniques. Using seed, plug plants, bulbs, and roll-out turf, you can establish meadow the same year you plant it.
The book includes 30 case studies that describe successful meadow plantings alongside paths, utility areas, and ponds and in mixed borders, orchards, green roofs, sloping banks, and containers. Interviews offer a fascinating insight into the the installation process and the pleasures of living with a wildflower meadow.
About the Author
James Hewetson-Brown was an arable farmer before he started experimenting with wildflower meadows in order to find the right approach for a wide range of sites and expectations. Now his successful techniques and products are used to establish beautiful biodiverse meadows in private gardens and public spaces.
His wildflower turf is in much demand by garden designers, has featured in award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens and was used on the much celebrated set for the opening ceremony of London's Olympic Games in 2012.
"A good down-to-earth mix of information and examples, including meadow turf and green roofs." —The Times
"This book explains how a lot of the unpredictability of meadow-making can be overcome." —Alys Fowler, author, The Edible Garden
"In the most comprehensive guide to creating a meadow I've ever seen, he discusses the pros and cons of using seed, the merits of adding annuals and how to keep the display going for as long as possible. His book leaves us with no excuses not to try creating meadows of our own." —BBC Wildlife Magazine
"For those who want to create meadows on a larger scale. . . . This is a comprehensive guide to making and maintaining all kinds of meadows, with extensive advice, and more than two dozen case studies. These include wildlife meadows, wildflower roofs, community schemes and the meadow stage-set created for Danny Boyle's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony." —The Sunday Times
"Here is someone who really knows what he is talking about and describes it with clarity and detail. [...] The book is well designed and laid out, with clear type and lovely photographs. With its cutting edge techniques, it is practical as well as inspiring, an invaluable manual whatever the size of your garden or project." —The Reckless Gardener
"This isn't some wistful fantasy longing for a landscape from a bygone era but a no nonsense guide full of fool-proof advice and real-life illustrations for the practitioner. Hewetson-Brown is at the cutting edge of the industry. In this book he provides the reader with novel techniques fit for the 21st Century where meadows matter more than ever before. Essential reading for the modern meadow maker." —Helen Bostock, RHS Wisley