Marlene A. Condon is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She is a field editor for Birds and Blooms magazine and gives regular presentations at Shenandoah National Park. She lives in Crozet, Virginia, where her yard has been showcased on Virginia public television. She can be reached at a MARLENECONDON@aol.com.
The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Animals, Plants, and Peopleby Marlene A. Condon
Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle with the outside world. They're perpetually at war with
Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle with the outside world. They're perpetually at war with nature, investing in weed killers and fighting off deer and birds, all in an effort to preserve their garden as a pristine patch of earth. Marlene A. Condon proposes a radically different method: What if, instead of battling the natural world, we invite it into our backyards? The result is the nature-friendly garden, which attracts and meets the needs of common creatures--rabbits, toads, insects, squirrels, owls, and so on--while maintaining a thriving, varied landscape of flowers and plants. And as this thought-provoking guide demonstrates, coexisting with nature doesn't mean turning your yard into a bramble-infested wilderness. The sustainable, low-impact garden described in these pages is a model of environmental balance, fostering species diversity while keeping wildlife damage and invasive plant growth at an acceptable minimum. Best of all, it offers a privileged look at the workings of nature, and its advice on observing wildlife is sure to open up a new and fascinating world for even the most experienced gardener.
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Marlene Condon's book- The Nature-Friendly Garden, is by far, the best 'gardening' book I have read (I have read a lot!). Her gardening philosophy is completely in touch with the natural world around us, and she explains how and why we should use these natural processes to enhance our gardening pleasure, not fight them. This is the only book of its kind- other wildlife gardening books still make recommendations for 'problems' and 'pests' in your garden, albeit naturally. Marlene Condon teaches us to recognize the value in every natural process that happens in nature, to embrace and respect it, and even use it to our advantage. An excellent book- one of a kind!