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27.04.2012

 

’Drowning in flowers’ book about the 21st century garden published by Edition Lammerhuber

According to the old saying, 'If you desire to build a ship, teach the people to long for the sea'. That is exactly what this book is trying to achieve: to plant the seed of desire, longing for something beautiful, harmonious and the joy of experience through knowledge. Conscious acceptance and application of the 'wild' side of nature, the spontaneous, enjoying conversations and purposeful design.

‘To drown in flowers, a sea of flowers up to eye-level and beyond and overcoming the ever-present green’ are the true core motifs behind Georg Grabherr's garden, which serves as model for the garden of the future, the garden of the 21st century. Or – as the journalist Veronika Schubert describes it – ‘Over the years, the Garden in Königstetten developed into an ecological oasis. We can find the spirit of nature embodied in the garden, almost as if taken directly from an instructional book – bold and of an exceptional beauty’.

It's not the large, famous parks and show gardens that are covered here, but the special home garden and the question: can the thousands of private gardens do their part in preserving biodiversity? Are they the arks that will save endangered species?

“The book is very personal, to me, it's joy and relief of the sometimes too narrow shackles of science in equal measures. It is a book that needs to be enjoyed and relished”, explains Georg Grabherr, one of the leading international ecologists and professor at the university of Vienna. Join me on a stroll through my garden and discover the eight decades of history that are buried in the soil. You will learn everything you need to start a close and profound relationship with your garden.

The photographs were created across all seasons, in tune with nature's rhythm and reflect the fullness, the philosophy and unique nature of the garden in sensitive, yet impressive imagery.

GEORG GRABHERR is one of the most influential biologists specialising in nature conservation and is a professor for nature conservation biology, vegetation and landscape ecology at the university of Vienna. He was born in Bregenz in 1946. He was a pioneer working on the dynamic of Alpine eco-systems and expanding the knowledge of Alpine forms of vegetation in Innsbruck

He was the first to point out the importance of the Alpine ur-grassland and their old age. The consequences of climate change and the cold Alpine borders are one of his key concerns to this day. He initiated and spearheads the GLORIA project, one of the world's most important monitoring protects.

The two lead-magazines for scientific publications Nature and Science published his research results. He has been the chairman of the board of the Austrian Man and the Biosphere (MAB) national committee since 2003. Grabherr became an internationally sought-after expert due to his studies about the nature of Austrian woodland and the first complete mountain range inventory of bio-topes that are worth protecting. Grabherr knows how to combine his role as top-scientist with practical work in natural conservation. He was awarded the Austrian award for nature conservation in 2011.

EIN GARTEN FÜR DAS 21. JAHRHUNDERT
A 21ST CENTURY GARDEN
Georg Grabherr
Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm
368 Pages I 304 Photos
Deutsch I English
ISBN 978-3-901753-31-2
EUR 59,-

Available at edition.lammerhuber.at or in bookshops. 

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