Real Gardens Grow Natives: Design, Plant, & Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden

Eileen Stark (Author)
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For many people, the most tangible and beneficial impact they can have on the environment is right in their own yard. Aimed at beginning and veteran gardeners alike, Real Gardens Grow Natives is a stunningly photographed guide that helps readers plan, implement, and sustain a retreat at home that reflects the natural world. Gardening with native plants that naturally belong and thrive in the Pacific Northwest's climate and soil not only nurtures biodiversity, but provides a quintessential Northwest character and beauty to yard and neighborhood!

For gardeners and conservationists who lack the time to read through lengthy design books and plant lists or can't afford a landscape designer, Real Gardens Grow Natives is accessible yet comprehensive and provides the inspiration and clear instruction needed to create and sustain beautiful, functional, and undemanding gardens. With expert knowledge from professional landscape designer Eileen M. Stark, Real Gardens Grow Natives includes:

* Detailed profiles of 100 select native plants for the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades, plus related species, helping make plant choice and placement.

* Straightfoward methods to enhance or restore habitat and increase biodiversity

* Landscape design guidance for various-sized yards, including sample plans

* Ways to integrate natives, edibles, and nonnative ornamentals within your garden

* Specific planting procedures and secrets to healthy soil

* Techniques for propagating your own native plants

* Advice for easy, maintenance using organic methods--Valerie Easton "Seattle Times"

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Skipstone Press
Publish Date
September 24, 2014
7.5 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 1.8 pounds
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About the Author

Eileen M. Stark is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in wildlife habitat. Her ecological garden designs use permaculture and restoration ecology principles, with a goal of protecting and increasing biodiversity. Her experience is backed by a B.S. in biology, as well as studies in ecology, wildlife conservation, and design; her writing and photographs have appeared in national and regional publications. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


(Author Eileen) Stark gives good suggestions for incorporating natives into the non-native plantings you already have in place. The last half of the book is a very helpful guide to 100 native plants of our region. There's advice on size, bloom traits, benefits to wildlife, and more, and beautiful photographs accompany every entry. It's heartening to know that, in our own gardens, we can contribute to the health of our planet's biodiversity by following this book's lead.--Barabara Lloyd McMichael "The Bellingham Harold "
Rewilding is an antidote to this high-tech, hurry-up, profit-driven world. It's all about reconnecting to the natural world while repairing some of the damage humans have inflicted on Mother Earth. Gardeners, accustomed to seeking respite in nature, seem to be taking to the idea. While the notion has been around for a couple of decades, the word rewilding only made it into the dictionary in 2011. Real Gardens Grow Natives is a new book by Portland landscape designer Eileen Stark that offers a common-sense approach to rewilding. She describes her work as less restoration manual and more a welcome mat for creatures. Stark emphasizes aesthetics as well as ecosystems, with a useful selection of native plants suited to conditions in Northwest cities and suburbs. "Even an urban eighth of an acre can provide for other species and inspire neighbors in the process," says Stark.--Valerie Easton "Seattle Times "