The Humane Gardener

The Humane Gardener

Nurturing A Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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A philosophical and practical guide for the gardener who hopes to wants to create a backyard garden in harmony with nature.

Why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. An eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson uses engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the United States, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists to demonstrate how we can apply the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces.

A book for gardens of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. Includes detailed chapters that 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.

Includes a Getting Started section complete with general information, suggested further reading for specific regions, native plant information and regional databases, and native plant retail sources and suppliers.

Who is the humane gardener? The humane gardener practices compassionate landscaping. They attract wildlife and peacefully resolve conflicts with all the creatures that may inhabit their garden. They see the garden as a meeting place for all creatures, not a territory to be defended.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616895549
Branch Call Number: 577.554 Law
Characteristics: 223 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 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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