The Humane Gardener

The Humane Gardener

Nurturing A Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

Book - 2017 | First edition
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In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world
Publisher: New York, New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616895549
Branch Call Number: 577.554 Lawson 2017
Characteristics: 223 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm


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JCLHelenH Aug 24, 2018

I thought I would pick and choose, skimming for the content I wanted, but ended up reading cover to cover. Great book for those seeking beauty in their own back yards.

Mar 22, 2018

Highly recommend this insightful book! We humans really need to see more of the bigger picture of how our lives intersect and intertwine with the natural world...all of our wildlife. Lots of examples of how we can easily contribute to the betterment of all!

PimaLib_AmyW Oct 02, 2017

Wild Can Be Beautiful!

Home gardens aren’t just for our own personal enjoyment - wildlife rely on our gardens for food, shelter and sanctuary. In The Humane Gardener, Nancy Lawson encourages gardeners to consider the needs of local wildlife in both what we plant and how we maintain our gardens. Are you planning to trim the ragged seed heads off a plant in your yard? Think twice before you remove them – a quail family might be relying on those seeds for food. Do you pull up everything that sprouts in your yard after the monsoon season? You might be cheating yourself, and local wildlife, out of free native trees and wildflowers. Although Nancy’s book isn’t specific to the southwest, the principles she covers can be applied anywhere. So, allow your garden to go just a little bit wild, and enjoy your new visitors!

Note: Your Homeowner’s Association may not approve of this book.


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