The Essence Of Organic Gardening


Are you ready to gain a deeper understanding of your garden?

It seems natural to focus on the biggest inhabitants of the garden and to think that gardening is all about plants.

But it is so much more. The lives of plants are interwoven with the lives and activities of all the organisms in their environment.

With this book I hope to show you a glimpse of the many relationships and natural processes within nature, the interconnectedness of life. Gardening is much easier and much more interesting when we work to support the health of the whole garden, and that’s what organic gardening is all about.

I hope that this book will help you gain a deeper understanding of your role as a gardener. More importantly, I hope this book will inspire you to do things differently.


Heide Hermary
Cowichan Station, B.C.
May, 2008


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Author: Heide Hermary

Illustrations: Christina Nikolic

Publisher: Gaia College Inc. (2008)

Paperback: 50 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9735687-3-8

Dimensions: 9.25 x 7.5 x 0.14 inches


About the Author:

HeideHeide Hermary develops and teaches leading edge curriculum in organic horticulture for professionals and home gardeners. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and a Diploma in Landscape Design, Maintenance and Installation. In 2007 she received the Educator of the Year award from the B.C. Landscape and Nursery Association. Heide is president of Gaia College, and a co-founder of the Society for Organic Urban Land Care. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.


About the Illustrator:

ChristinaChristina Nikolic holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Germany. She has been living and working in Canada since 1998, pursuing careers in ecological landscape design and consultation, as well as horticulture and environmental education. She currently runs The Organic Gardener’s Pantry in Victoria, BC. Christina has served on the board of directors of SOUL and is a SOUL Certified Organic Urban Land Care Professional.