To Stand And Stare

Andrew Timothy O'Brien


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Dorling Kindersley Ltd
2 February 2023
ISBN: 9780241544013
288 pages

From the publisher

Reconnect with nature from the ground up and nurture not only your garden but your body, mind, and soul.

There's a lot of advice out there that would tell you how to do numerous things in your garden. But not so much that invites you to think about how to be while you're out there. With increasingly busy lives, yet another list of chores seems like the very last thing any of us needs when it comes to our own practice of self-care, relaxation and renewal. After all, aren't these the things we wanted to escape to the garden for in the first place?
Put aside the 'Jobs to do this week' section in the Sunday papers. What if there was a more low-intervention way to garden, some reciprocal arrangement through which both you and your soil get fed, with the minimum degree of fuss, effort and guilt on your part, and the maximum measure of healthy, organic growth on that of your garden?

Dive straight into this great gardening book to discover:

- A simple visual approach to nurturing your garden, with key infographics and illustrations.
- Text accurately integrates observation, personality and delight.
- Small drop in devices of 'how to' - including topics such as soil, compost, pruning and how to plant a bulb.

In To Stand and Stare, Andrew Timothy O'Brien weaves together strands of botany, philosophy and mindfulness to form an ecological narrative suffused with practical gardening know-how. Informed by a deep understanding and appreciation of natural processes, O'Brien encourages the reader to think from the ground up, as we follow the pattern of a plant's growth through the season - roots, shoots, flowers, and fruits - while advocating an increased awareness of our surroundings.