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The Forest: the Ultimate Landscape for the Laidback Gardener

20150609The beauty of a natural forest for the laidback gardener is that it requires almost no intervention on your part. Finally, a landscape that you never have to leave your hammock to enjoy! You have nothing to do… or so very little.

If a tree starts to decline, let die! If another threatens to fall, let it topple! A dead tree, a trunk lying on the ground in a forest, they’re all part of the system. Where do you think forest birds nest if not in dead trees? And a trunk lying on the ground will quickly be invaded by a host of animals and plants, boosted by its slow decomposition.

Of course, if a tree threatens to fall on your car, you have to take action (maybe you could move the car?), but otherwise with a forest, you have the ultimate landscape for the laidback gardener: strikingly beautiful and yet totally self-maintaining!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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