I was a landscape contractor - created my own design/build business. I learned "how it's done." I don't garden this way any more because I found a better way - a MUCH better way!
I live in my garden now. It's alive. And so am I!
Book just ok
While I appreciate Rogers perspective, this is not a book for gardeners who are committed to the language of scale, color, texture, form or any traditional concepts of gardening. The. closest he comes is talking pathways. While not disappointed per se, the book felt fluffy and chatty...without helpful perspectives for serious gardeners. Choosing plants or placement based on pendulums probably does not as he suggests, work in partnership with nature, but instead just taps unconscious impressions acted out in micro movements in our fingers. I like the broad thinking of considering a different way of entering ones garden efforts, but this could have been twenty pages, or a blog, but not a book. Gratitude, appreciation, patience and working with what one is given are the cornerstones of gardening. But the book is too simple in its advice or too preachy to compel me to recommend. Finally while I love nature I don't always invite it into my garden,as the author advises. Sometimes i don't want it in my garden. I don't want deer ticks, poison ivy, woodchucks, decimating voles, voracious Japanese beetles, etc. It's a balance. Working with nature sometimes means setting boundaries. Otherwise you don't have a garden. You have wild.
My wife downloaded the sample an realized this had nothing to do with gardening and bought it because of the poor placement of the BUY button. Now we own this useless peace of junk.
This book offers no practical gardening tips. It's more about getting in touch with nature or like a meditative journal...Where chapter titles seem to maybe offer good info, the chapters actually present more unanswered questions.