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The Forgiveness of Nature: The Story of Grass

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The author explores the world of grass from every possible perspective. He explains its role in history, and elaborates on the botany of a grass field or lawn in fascinating detail.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Vintage (first published September 1st 2001)
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Richard Reese
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in the battered remains of a once vast hardwood forest in Michigan. I was lucky to spend my childhood wandering in a small surviving remnant. My forest was a sacred place. To me, the western plains felt dry, empty, bleak. But my oldest ancestors evolved on the arid savannahs of Mother Africa — grassland with scattered brush and trees. Grassland was where the big game hung out, and they were good to eat. Recently, I studied horse history, and learned a lot about the vast steppe grasslan ...more
Stephen
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pastoralists, farmers, ranchers and lovers of natural resources
Recommended to Stephen by: Owenoglala
This splendid book combines botany, soil science, sports, agricultural history, social history, livestock-rearing, the significance of urban parks and even a history of the lawnmower. The author is not a stylist like Henry Beston or Aldo Leopold but has a poet’s touch and a scholar’s memory. Though published in 2001, the book is relevant to today’s keen interest in regenerative agriculture as one way to mitigate climate change. The dominant theme of regenerative agriculture is reducing the exces ...more
Juliet Wilson
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, nature
Subtitled The Story of Grass, this is a fascinating account of how grasses have evolved with humans and the role they have played in agriculture, gardens and sports.

The book looks at how nomadic people have depended on grasslands for their livestock and modern forms of pastoral farming, including the best ways of looking after pasture to ensure the health of both animals and soil. It looks at how science now helps groundskeepers look after the grasses that form the pitches for football and tenn
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Roger Morgan-Grenville
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Masterly account of our relationship with the great unsung hero below our feet.
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