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Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard

By George Adams

This is a book that no complete garden library should be without. Don't just borrow it from the library, get your own, because you won't want to return it.


You may already have a bird feeder in your yard, but you can attract a far wider range of species, and they will stay longer, if you create a bird-friendly landscape. Gardening for the Birds shows you how.

With the right native plants, arranged to mimic natural ecosystems, you will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places. Instead of just visiting your garden to snack, birds will call it home. With hundreds of native plants, extensive seasonal bloom and fruiting charts, and the techniques for creating a balanced ecosystem, this book helps you turn any space — from a small, urban terrace to a large suburban yard — into a home for a fascinating variety of birds. Close-up profiles of birds from across all regions of North America teach you their nesting, breeding, and feeding habits.

Birding and gardening are natural companions: let this rich compendium help you make your garden a sanctuary for the local bird population and yourself!

Media reviews

"The photography is beautiful, the writing is comprehensive without being overwhelming, and the author has thought of just about everything you'll need to plan a garden where the birds don't just pass through, they'll want to stay and make it their home. This is a book that no complete garden library should be without. Don't just borrow it from the library, get your own, because you won't want to return it."

—Kylee Baumle, Horticulture

"You'll want to check out this book. ... A terrific resource, with hundreds of plant recommendations organized nicely by region."

Birds & Blooms

"Helpfully detailed and brightly illustrated information about horticulture and garden design strategies. ... This book will draw birders to gardening; gardeners to birding; and non-gardeners and non-birders to both. The charts are easy to read and the information about birds and bushes is accessibly organized, offering a sublime adventure for the average gardener."

Publishers Weekly

"Adams has written one heck of a good book, organized very smartly for those who might have just a casual interest in birds, and for those who want to create a habitat to attract specific species."

—Todd Heft, Big Blog of Gardening

"This book is for the birds — in a good way!"


"A primer for anyone who is interested in creating a bird-friendly habitat in their yard. It should find a place on the bookshelves of gardeners and birders alike. And, yes, they are quite often the same people."

Gardening with Nature

"Every now and then I come across a book that just blows me away with its message of creating welcoming habitat for wildlife. Gardening for the Birds is one of those books. It's a must-read for any wildlife gardener who is interested in attracting more birds to their gardens."

—Carole Sevilla Browne, Ecosystem Gardening

"With the guidance of Mr. Adams you can 'get your creative on' and have fun developing an inviting garden for yourself and for our feathered companions."

The Succulent Perch

"A primer for anyone interested in creating bird friendly habitat in their suburban yard. It is clear and helpful, with numerous photographs. ... This is for any reader who would like to attract a goldfinch flock without having to spend a small fortune on niger seed."

—Ruth Freeman, Norwalk Citizen

"A beautiful and comprehensive guide ... packed with hundreds of color photos of American birds — fiery cardinals, tawny sparrows, blazing bluebirds — and the vast array of attractive plants they prefer for feeding and nesting."

Chicago Tribune

"If you'd like to create welcoming habitat for the birds most likely to occur in your area, this is the ultimate guide to help you make the best plant selections for doing so."

American Gardener

"Adams' how-to involves the use of native plants as the central structure both for building a cozy bird-welcoming ecosystem and aiding the preservation of North America's distinctive natural heritage. ... An engaging and inspiring comprehensive guide."


"One of the best books I've read on the subject."

Epoch Times

"If you have someone in your life who enjoys both gardening and watching birds, this book will help them go beyond setting out a bird feeder to create a true year-round habitat."

North Coast Journal

"Adams has written this informative guide to help make even the simplest backyard more hospitable to birds."

Country Gardens

"This is a very good book about gardening for birds. ... A fine choice if you're at all interested in attracting birds by gardening for them."

—Kelly Brenner, Metropolitan Field Guide

"Everyone interested in wildlife gardening should have this book! I have not seen a more thorough treatment of the subject by anyone for the home gardener, and the presentation is a quite a treat as well."

A Charlotte Garden

"Whether you're a gardener who's new to birding or a birder who's new to gardening, I think you'll find Gardening for the Birds a valuable resource and one of those go-to book on your gardening, or is it birding, bookshelf."

—Debbie Roberts, Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

"This book is chock-full of information on attracting not only birds in general, but also butterflies and hummingbirds into your yard."

Fresno Bee

"If you own only one book about attracting birds — Gardening for the Birds has all the useful information you will need to create your own bird sanctuary in your own garden."

—Noelle Johnson, Birds & Blooms Blog

About the author

George Adams

George Adams is an avid birdwatcher, a landscape designer, a wildlife artist, and a photographer.

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