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An Orchard Odyssey


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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


About the Author

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. James Wong is an ethnobotanist, television presenter and garden designer.


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

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

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

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