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Wood and Garden

Wood and Garden reads like a walk through the garden with reknowned garden designer Gertrude Jekyll as she discusses her plant choices and placement, how she integrates nature into her design, and how she maintains and enjoys the garden.

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WOOD AND GARDEN

[Illustration: Frontispiece. ]

WOOD AND GARDEN

NOTES AND THOUGHTS, PRACTICAL AND CRITICAL, OF A WORKING AMATEUR

By

GERTRUDE JEKYLL

With 71 Illustrations from Photographs by the Author

[Illustration]

Second Edition

Longmans, Green, and Co. 39 Pate...

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An Essay on the Principle of Population

Thomas Malthus

1798

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