by Nancy Lawson
Princeton Architectural Press
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.
"What in the world could be inhumane about gardening? Plenty, it turns out, thanks to this beautifully produced and incredibly important book by Nancy Lawson: The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. The Humane Gardener makes a persuasive case for rethinking conventional knowledge about what a garden or yard should look like and how we should care for it... I highly recommend this book to any and all gardeners. It might challenge your assumptions about what constitutes a pest, but what is gardening without challenges?" -- Eco-Lit Books
"The Humane Gardener defies casual note taking, because, along with its compelling argument for welcoming wildlife, it is packed to the gills with relevant facts and fascinating arguments... Humane gardeners are fortunate to have a spokeswoman as eloquent as Lawson." -- Wild Ones Journal
About the Author:
Nancy Lawson is a writer, editor, and naturalist, and the founder of Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative to help people live in harmony with the animals in their backyards. She writes the Humane Backyard column for All Animals magazine, published by the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to being a freelance writer and consultant, she worked for 15 years as an editor on Humane Society publications.