The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
Two giants of the natural gardening world, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, have collaborated on their best work yet.
The New York Times
A home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is actually just one part of a larger landscape made up of many living layers. And the replacement of the rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden's biological diversity and ecological function.
The Living Landscape seeks to reverse this trend by showing gardeners how to create a landscape that is full of life. Written by Rick Darke and Douglas W. Tallamy, two of the most important voices in sustainability and horticulture, it is the definitive guide to designing a beautiful, biodiverse home garden. The authors first explain each layer of the landscape and what role the plants within them play in the larger environment, from providing berries for birds, food for bugs, or a place for bees to pollinate. The authors then put this information into context and offer design strategies to implement into a home garden. Helpful charts offer suggested plants, including natives and nonnatives, for each region.
Douglas W. Tallamy's award-winning Bringing Nature Home revealed the pressing need for a biodiverse home landscape. In a gorgeously illustrated, inspirational, and practical way, The Living Landscape supports the important message by showing gardeners how to make it happen.
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 352 pp.
- Book dimensions: 8½ x 10 in. (255 x 215 mm.)
- Images: 500 color photos
- ISBN-10: 1604694084
- ISBN-13: 9781604694086
- Product code: 689408
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"An inspirational book."
"This thoughtful, intelligent book is all about connectivity, addressing a natural world in which we are the primary influence."
—New York Times Book Review
"Offers guidance for creating beautiful landscapes that will be durable and 'support life without sacrificing' aesthetics."
"With beautiful photos and many examples, they argue eloquently that gardens can be civilized, lovely and even elegant while incorporating local plants and creating habitat for birds and the entire ecosystem in which they live."
"Here's the book of the season, worth contemplating all winter long for the heartfelt and elegant practicality of its environmentalism. ... Darke’s beautiful photos stress the interconnectedness of nature, while illustrating how to create healthy ecosystems that serve humans, plants, animals, insects and birds."
—Pacific Northwest Magazine
"Makes an important contribution to understanding how critical it is for gardeners to think in terms of supporting nature in all seasons."
"Two giants of the natural gardening world, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, have collaborated on their best work yet."
—Anne Raver, New York Times
"Essential for gardeners and nature lovers interested in sustainability."
"A fascinating and beautiful book on creating gardens for wildlife."
"A rich guide on creating sustainable landscapes."
—Johanna Silver, Sunset
"A good choice for neatnik gardeners who pooh-pooh native plants, native-plant fanatics who condemn rose-growers, and really anyone who's concerned about the plight of bees, butterflies and other pollinators."
"If you'd like to create a native garden this fall, the new book is a goldmine."
—Joyce H. Newman, Napa Valley Register
"Your home garden can be a showcase of native and nonnative plants."
"Will become the most popular book of the decade."
—Ken Druse, Real Dirt
"Shares insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and pollinators, and new design strategies for personal gardens both large and small."
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