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The Prince of Wales spent five years turning his Highgrove Estate in the Cotswolds into a model of environmentally-benign farming and gardening. This book records the successes and failures, and the lessons to be shared not only by gardeners, horticulturalists and farmers, but by everyone interested in land, in their environment. In an introductory section Prince Charles shares his vision of Highgrove as a blueprint for the future. Charles Clover depicts the the history of the estate, the making of the garden, the wildflower garden, the encouragement of wildlife, the seasons at Highgrove, the experiments in organic farming, and the market for the products.

288 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1993

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Charles III

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As the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, King Charles III is the king of the United Kingdom. He ascended to the throne after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022. He is the oldest person ever to assume the British throne.

Under public scrutiny his entire life, Charles graduated from Trinity College before embarking on a military career which culminated with him commanding the HMS Bronington. He married Diana Spencer in the summer of 1981 to huge media fanfare, though the couple would eventually divorce in 1996 after years of gossip and scandal. Charles later wed longtime love, Camilla Parker Bowles, some time after Princess Diana's death. He is the father of Princes William and Harry and is also a grandfather. Among his many philanthropic and environmental endeavors are the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Rainforest Project.

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April 29, 2023
Well this is the fourth book about Highgrove that I have read, and I guess it is enough already. This book taught me A LOT about organic farming; there's a lot more about that than about Highgrove itself, which is fine.

I did find it funny how at the start of Chapter One, "Nothing But Flowers," the author prints a snippet of lyric from Talking Heads' "(Nothing But) Flowers." I do not think that song is about what they think it is about...

Here we stand
Like an Adam and an Eve
The Garden of Eden
Two fools in love
So beautiful and strong
The birds in the trees
Are smiling upon them
From the age of the dinosaurs
Cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone?
Now, it's nothing but flowers
There was a factory
Now, there are mountains and rivers
You got it, you got it
We caught a rattlesnake
Now, we got something for dinner
We got it, we got it
There was a shopping mall
Now, it's all covered with flowers
You've got it, you've got it
If this is paradise
I wish I had a lawnmower
You've got it, you've got it
Years ago
I was an angry young man
I'd pretend
That I was a billboard
Standing tall
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate
Now, it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town?
Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong, hey
Once there were parking lots
Now, it's a peaceful oasis
You got it, you got it
This was a Pizza Hut
Now, it's all covered with daisies
You got it, you got it
I miss the honky tonks
Dairy Queens and Seven-Elevens
You got it, you got it
And as things fell apart
Nobody paid much attention
You got it, you got it
I dream of cherry pies
Candy bars and chocolate chip cookies
You got it, you got it
We used to microwave
Now, we just eat nuts and berries
You got it, you got it
This was a discount store
Now, it's turned into a cornfield
You got it, you got it
Don't leave me stranded here
I can't get used to this lifestyle
Songwriters: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, Yves N'jock. For non-commercial use only.
October 25, 2012
I'm all about the organic self sustaining concept.

This was a great read. Charles is doing a good thing here and while not a great 'King in waiting', he is a great environmentalist!
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