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.
A new kind of dream home : plant native plants The beauty of letting go : let nature guide your garden Is your yard family-friendly? : provide baby food and nesting sites Safety zones : create sanctuary in a treacherous world A harvest for all : share the bounty through peaceful coexistence The gift that keeps on giving : encourage life in the decay.
Includes bibliographical references.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.