An Orchard Odyssey
Finding and growing tree fruit in your garden, community and beyond

By Naomi Slade

An Orchard Odyssey
Hardback, 224 pages £24.99
Published: 22nd September 2016
ISBN: 9780857843265
Format: 255mm x 205mm

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PDF, 208 pages
Published: 22nd September 2016
ISBN: 9780857843289
Published: 22nd September 2016
ISBN: 9780857843272

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An Orchard Odyssey is a gloriously illustrated resource for fruit lovers everywhere. Packed with practical ideas and inspiration, it encourages the reader to re-engage with tree fruit in new ways: look at it the right way and everyone can have an orchard. There are many ways of incorporating orchard living into your lifestyle, no matter how busy or short of space you are. Whether you have a few trees already or have always wanted an orchard of your own, this book illuminates the possibilities and enables you to make it a reality. Covering fruit in the environment, orchard heritage, and the role of the trees in garden and landscape design; An Orchard Odyssey shows you how to plant and care for your trees. Full of inspiring facts and promoting the 'five trees' orchard principle of orchards, it encourages the reader to embrace the orchards in a way that is personal to them.


Part One: The orchard in the landscape
Chapter 1: From wilderness to cultivation  
Chapter 2: An orchard tapestry  
Chapter 3: Conservation and biodiversity  
Chapter 4: Orchards in the community   

PART TWO: An orchard of your own
Chapter 5: Creative orchard design   
Chapter 6: Fruit trees for every space  
Chapter 7: Tree planting and care  
Chapter 8: Enjoying the harvest   


Naomi Slade offers fresh thoughts on growing fruit in the smaller gardens of many modern grow your own gardeners and suggests that the way forward may be for community orchards. She provides planting advice, cultivation and maintenance techniques, and then launches into ways to use and preserve the fruits of your fruit-growing.

- Barbara Segall, The Herb Society

For over 30 years I have grown ornamentals with never a thought for planting fruit trees, until now. Naomi combines a dream of yore with a challenge for the future. Count me in.

- Roy Lancaster, broadcaster, plantsman, gardener and autho

Good to see both home growing and commercial considerations covered. Well done!

- Martin Crawford, Agroforestry Research

This delightful book takes us on a sensual stroll through the orchard landscape, conveying both the romance and the practicalities of growing fruit trees.

- Ben Pike, author of The Fruit Tree Handbook

From scrumping, hedgerow fruits and King Henry VIII to the random seedling cider orchards of New America, this is a major contribution to pomology, offering education, history and entertainment.

- Tom Burford, author of Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Growers, Gardeners and Cooks

A horticultural fairytale, it also provides a practical roadmap to getting started – even in the increasingly tiny modern garden.

- James Wong, ethnobotanist, TV presenter, garden designer and writer

Naomi Slade

Naomi is an established horticultural journalist, who writes for the Telegraph, Kitchen Garden Magazine, Berks & Bucks life and many others. She also gives talks on gardening and is a regular radio guest, including BBC Radio 4.

With a degree in Biology and a lifelong interest in gardening, botany and the environment Naomi has, in recent years, taken over the restoration and management of the orchards at her childhood home in Wales. From where she has set up a successful micro-enterprise producing and selling boutique, single variety apple juice in the local community and beyond.

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 224 pages
ISBN: 9780857843265
Format: 255mm x 205mm

Binding: Electronic book text, 208 pages
ISBN: 9780857843289
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857843272
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  GAR005000, GAR024000, NAT034000
Imprint: Green Books

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