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The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

By Beth O'Donnell Young and Karen Bussolini

Photographs by Karen Bussolini

With nature as your guide, your dream garden is within reach — one that rarely needs weeding, pruning, watering, fertilizing, or mowing. One that will take less time, money, and energy keeping it beautiful and healthy than you're spending on your yard now. A garden that will produce the most flavorful edibles, nurture plants to their full potential, and provide a haven for beneficial bees, birds, and butterflies.

In The Naturescaping Workbook, garden design expert Beth Young helps make your ideal naturescape a reality, walking you through the process with easy worksheets and clear, encouraging guidance. All you need is some outdoor space and this inspiring handbook to design an inviting, thriving landscape that reflects nature — and your love of the earth.

Media reviews

"For those longing for more coherence and style."

Chicago Tribune

"Designed to help you make a more natural landscape out of your yard."

Portland Press Herald

"Landscaping ideas that take advantage of natural strengths to create a yard that is very low maintenance, sustainable, and beautiful."

Deseret News

"Will provide plenty of inspiration for gardeners in all types of regions."

American Reference Books Annual

"A great choice for folks who want to get serious about creating a beautiful landscape for wildlife and people."

My Northern Garden

"An incredible guide for innovating in the garden, providing outlines for a variety of edible arrangements."

—Jim Ewing, Clarion Ledger

"An uncommonly useful aid to anyone in thinking through how to create a landscape."

Hartford Courant

"Practical advice ... seamlessly guide[s] gardeners through the rewarding process of working with nature's bounty and beauty."


"This step-by-step guide will teach you how to work in concert with nature, creating a lush landscape."

Cabin Life

"Offers information on the sustainability of traditional landscaping materials while sharing eco-friendly alternatives."

Natural Home and Garden

"You will be well equipped to design your own beautiful wildlife garden, full of birds, butterflies, bees, frogs, toads, insects, and other critters."

Beautiful Wildlife Garden

"A consistently lively and thorough adviser, when O'Donnell Young turns to seeking inspiration from the wild, her writing shows her to be a passionate naturalist"


"This is not just another wildlife-gardening or native-plant book. It's an uncommonly useful aid to anyone in thinking through how to create a landscape that suits the climate, the site, the local wildlife and ecosystem, and the gardener."

—Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune

About the authors

Beth O'Donnell Young

Beth O'Donnell Young is the owner of Beth Young Garden Design, a residential landscape design firm. She has taught do-it-yourself landscaping classes for nearly ten years.

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Karen Bussolini

Photographer for The Naturescaping Workbook, Karen Bussolini has been a gardener for as long as she can remember, and specializes in garden photography, writing, and lecturing. She sees connections between disciplines and has long been involved in organic, environmentally conscious gardening.

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