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Plants - Growers who are plant lovers before they're business people.

  • Perennials from Susan — Susan Kierstead's plants are treasures, every one. She doesn't grow anything ordinary. That's not to say they're fussy. She finds unusual, interesting plants and varieties, grows them in her huge garden, and when they get large enough, she sells divisions. Give yourself time to wander around her place, and if she has time, to get her talking garden.
  • Garden Vision - Darrell Probst specializes in the genus Epimedium, which he has even conducted hunting expeditions for in China. I wrote about him in my newspaper column, here.
  • Holmes Hollow - I confess, I know about Andrew Fowler's nursery because he's my brother-in-law. Still his plants are great finds, lovingly grown; and he's particularly knowledgeable about trees and shrubs.


Other Info Sources for Mystical Gardeners

Philosophy (see also the sites of the Organizations below)

  • Deep Ecology Writings — on the site of the Rainforest Information Centre
  • Do Landscapes Learn? by Robert E. Cook, Ph.D., Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Ecology's "New Paradigm" and Design in Landscape Architecture. On the site of the Arboretum's Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies
  • The Eco-Portal — a jumpstation specifically geared to ecological issues and products
  • Environmental History Timeline — the history of the perception of the environment
  • Gaianism
    • Libretto for One Body, a chamber cantata by John Kennedy — especially "Prayer for the Great Family" by Gary Snyder. This poem is all over the Web — without repect for copyright, even often without crediting Snyder. On this page the publishers have permission.
    • Confessions from the Buddhist Frontier - This essay first appeared in the Spring,1997 issue of EarthLight, the Magazine of Spirituality and Ecology published by the Unity with Nature Committee of the Pacific Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Environmental History environmental issues
  • The Green Fuse — Environmental philosophy: deep ecology, social ecology, eco-feminism, earth-centered spirituality & ethics... topics crucial for our global future.
  • NOFA (New England Organic Farming Association)
  • The Soul of Nature; The Meaning of Ecological Spirituality, by Lynna Landstreet
  • "Spirit of the Earth" — by John Seed, from Yoga Journal. With an introductory essay,"The Time is Now", by Rick Fields.

Gardening with Native Plants



How-to / useful stuff


In Print

The Biophilia Hypothesis,
edited by Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson.
Island Press/Shearwater, Washington DC, 1993.
This site gives some brief excerpts.

Dharma Gaia,
by Allan Hunt Badiner.
Berkeley, Parallax Press, 1990.
(see my review on SkyDancer)

Growing Myself: A Spiritual Journey Through Gardening,
by Judith Handelsman.
Plume/Penguin, New York, 1997.
Here's a description.

The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature and Place in a Hypermodern World,
by Charlene Spretnak
Routledge, 1999.
Here's a review.

Fateful Harvest; The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret
by Duff Wilson
HarperCollins, New York, 2001.
The story of a newspaper expose called "Fear in the Fields" published in the Seattle Times in 1977.

22 December 2005