white flowers on books (c) Aliis Sinisalu


You can’t beat settling down with a good book. If you’re as passionate about people and plants as I am, you might enjoy these titles.

How to change the world
– John-Paul Flintoff

“A good world is one in which people find meaning in the particular things they do – and that means a world that has a place for beauty, creativity and play.”

Within a year of reading this book I found myself in Nepal digging a trench for a rural village. I think it had it’s part in giving me the courage to apply.

Let my people go surfing. The education of a reluctant businessman
– Yvon Chouinard

“I am amazed to witness an entire village working to produce the dress I am wearing today – from seed.” (Jill Vlahos)

I’m very interested in how large businesses can keep  environmental values and Patagonia is definitely a story of hope. This is a true story about how a love of nature sets the core value needed to protect it – even when you own a global brand.

Peonies & Pomegranates. Botanic illustrations from Asia
– Celia Fisher

“The Chinese believed that the flowing shapes of rocks, water and trees provided the vital energies and rhythms of nature that refreshed the senses and inspired the mind.”

Here you’ll find the romantic stories of over 70 plants originating from Asia. They’re all beautifully illustrated and follow a short introduction to oriental gardens.

Spiritual Ecology – the cry of the earth
– A collection of various essays, edited by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee

“There is a link between a love of nature, deep spiritual experience and our moral sense. It is a key part of the human spirit.” (John Stanley and David Loy)

This is a thought provoking collection of essays from our wisest leaders and activists, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy and Wendell Berry. It fast became one of my favourite books.

The Permaculture Promise
– Jono Neiger

“You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency.” (Bill Mollison)

This told me everything I needed to know about permaculture. It’s visually interesting and easy to read – categorised into 22 sections that you can dip in and out of when you need to.

The Gift
– Lewis Hyde

“What is given away feeds again and again, while what is kept feeds us only once and leaves us hungry.”

This book explores many cultures and beautifully highlights the interdependence of all living things.