The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodeversity in the Home Garden

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodeversity in the Home Garden

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by Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy
     
 

 Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife. But they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it’s a tall order, but The Living Landscape shows how to do it. By combining the insights of two outstanding authors, it offers a model that anyone can follow.

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 Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife. But they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it’s a tall order, but The Living Landscape shows how to do it. By combining the insights of two outstanding authors, it offers a model that anyone can follow. Inspired by its examples, you’ll learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape—one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter, and sustenance for wildlife. Richly illustrated with superb photographs and informed by both a keen eye for design and an understanding of how healthy ecologies work, The Living Landscape will enable you to create a garden that is full of life and that fulfills both human needs and the needs of wildlife communities.


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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Dominique Browning
…Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy make an authoritative case for "designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden"…This thoughtful, intelligent book is all about connectivity, addressing a natural world in which we are the primary influence.
Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
Landscape designer Darke (The American Woodland Garden) and ecologist and entomologist Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home) give meaningful definition to the idea of biodiversity, particularly as it relates to a suburban garden. The book addresses the question: is biodiversity about “just gardening with native plants?” The answer is no; biodiverse gardening means giving native plants a functional and life-giving role in sustaining gardens. The authors highlight the less appreciated but critical role that natives can play, including cooling, tapping into ground water, and providing shelter for wildlife. They also assert that because suburban sprawl has created profound environmental change, “It’s time to stop worrying about where plants come from and instead focus on how they function in today’s ecology.” Their book focuses on long-term strategies for regenerating depleted soil. They dispel the false dichotomy that a garden can be either all natives and therefore healthy or filled with exotic plants and not naturally sustainable. Including 500 color photos, the book offers guidance for creating beautiful landscapes that will be durable and “support life without sacrificing aesthetics.” (June)
New York Times Book Review
"This thoughtful, intelligent book is all about connectivity, addressing a natural world in which we are the primary influence."
New York Times - Anne Raver
"Two giants of the natural gardening world, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, have collaborated on their best work yet."
Booklist
"Essential for gardeners and nature lovers interested in sustainability."
Real Dirt - Ken Druse
"Will become the most popular book of the decade."

Director of Wild Ones Pat Sutton
“The authors walk us through and help us understand the layered landscape, something that so many gardeners don’t address, consider, or even know to think about. It’s a gem!”

The Talbot Spy
"Shares insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and pollinators, and new design strategies for personal gardens both large and small."

The Chicago Tribune
“An inspirational book.”
Book Page
“Presents, in clear words and beautiful images—an entire pragmatic philosophy for how to live our lives and build our living environments.”
Gardens Illustrated
“A very important book and one that works very well for the nature lover turned gardener.”
Garden Design Online
“This is a book that every designer and homeowner has been waiting for.”
Rapid City Journal - Cathie Draine
“Let me state, without hyperbole, this is the best gardening book I have ever read.”
Georgia Native Plants - Ellen Honeycutt
“This collaboration is beautifully executed.”
San Diego Home and Garden Magazine

“Shows home gardeners how landscapes can benefit wildlife and provide beautiful spaces for entertaining and relaxing.”
Gardenista
“Both a primer on how landscapes develop in the wild and a manual for learning how to observe wild areas and then apply nature's principles to your own garden, the book has breathtaking photographs by the authors of wildlife including birds, butterflies, moths, turtles, and bees luxuriating in habitats provided by gardens designed with their needs in mind.” 
Real Dirt

“Essential for gardeners and nature lovers interested in sustainability.”

From the Publisher

“Shares insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and pollinators, and new design strategies for personal gardens both large and small.”

Library Journal
05/15/2014
Darke (The American Woodland Garden) and Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home) have cowritten a fascinating and beautiful book on creating gardens for wildlife. They begin by discussing the layers of a working forest ecosystem, followed by an explanation of the ecological function of gardens. They then apply these principles to the home landscape, showing gardeners how to build a beautiful garden that also provides habitat for wildlife. Heavily illustrated with stunning color photographs, with most of the images taken in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, the book concludes with useful tables listing selected plants (trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants, grasses, and ferns) along with their landscape and ecological functions such as cover; nest sites; pollen; nectar; food for birds, mammals, and caterpillars; flowers; fall color; fragrance; and screening. There are separate tables for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Mountain States, and New England regions. VERDICT Highly recommended for all readers interested in ecology, natural history, and gardening for wildlife using native plants.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604694086
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
71,400
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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