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A Garden For Life: The Natural Approach To Designing, Planting, And Maintaining A North Temperate Garden

The avid gardener will need no other resource than this book to plan and maintain a natural garden on the country farm or in the suburban backyard, a habitat congenial to the scarlet tanager, the monarch butterfly, and the toad.Unique to this book is author Beresford-Kroeger's concept of bioplanning, in which the gardener views the site as a biological system and the activity of gardening as an ecological task. To assist in bioplanning a garden, the author provides both plans that are adaptable to different garden sizes and shapes, as well as planting instructions emphasizing organic care, ecofunction, and environmentally friendly means of pest control.A Garden for Life challenges everyone to create an ecologically valuable garden for the joy of doing so, and for the salvation of our natural world.Diana Beresford-Kroeger is the author of Arboretum America. She is a botanist, medical and agricultural researcher, lecturer, and self-defined "renegade scientist" in the fields of classical botany, medical biochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

Paperback: 264 pages

Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGIONAL; 1st edition (March 23, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0472030124

ISBN-13: 978-0472030125

Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Full of information not readily available anywhere else that I know of and besides, it is meant for a Canadian climate where native plants are rarely available in nurseries around here. Excellent and informative content by an extremely talented and knowledgeable author. A great gift for the garden enthusiast.

Not very practical for areas other than the authors location.

Hoping for more...

Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist and wise woman. I'd recommend reading anything she has written. Here it's a pleasure to hear her planning for gardens.

I purchased this book for my parents. They loved it, my dad is always looking for gardening ideas so I got him this book.

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