The Humane Gardener | Book


In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect toward all species, columnist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how you should welcome wildlife to your backyard. Through engaging anecdotes and practical advice, profiles of home gardeners across the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces.

Detailed and inspirational chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, including the young of birds, bees, and butterflies; creating gardens free of poisons and other common hazards; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and welcoming natural processes and seasonal changes.

The Humane Gardener illustrates simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures who share our world.