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

Beth O Young (Author) Karen Bussolini (Photographer)


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

If you're an eco-conscious homeowner, the best garden designer is Mother Nature, and following her lead can result in a beautiful low-maintenance landscape that requires fewer resources, attracts natural wildlife, and saves time and money. In The Naturescaping Workbook, Beth O'Donnell Young offers an easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself plan for gardeners of all skill levels. Her step-by-step approach teaches you how to understand your garden's natural habitat and to nurture the native eco-systems that exist in your yard. And the payoff is huge. By simply becoming aware of the natural wonders in the backyard, you can have a more beautiful garden and take a big step toward bringing nature home.

Product Details

Timber Press (OR)
Publish Date
November 15, 2011
7.94 X 0.77 X 10.02 inches | 1.63 pounds
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About the Author

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 more than a decade.
Karen Bussolini is a garden photographer, writer, speaker and an eco-friendly garden coach. A lifelong hands-on organic gardener and lover of nature, she has been contributing articles and photographs informed both by her fine arts background and her immersion in ecological landscaping and native plants, for more than 30 years. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Garden Design, House Beautiful, The American Gardener, Wildflower, and in hundreds of books. Her six books (as sole photographer) include Storey Publishing's The Homeowner's Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook, authored by Penelope O'Sullivan, The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, and Elegant Silvers, (which she co-authored), both published by Timber Press. Karen's slide talks and workshops engage, inform and inspire audiences in venues across the nation. Closer to home, she gardens on a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent, CT. She puts her NOFA Organic Land Care Professional accreditation to work in her eco-friendly garden coaching practice, teaching homeowners sustainable garden practices and creating healthy yards that are resilient, full of life, diversity and delight. Find her online at


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

"For those longing for more coherence and style." --Chicago Tribune

"Will provide plenty of inspiration for gardeners in all types of regions." --American Reference Books Annual

"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

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

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

"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" --Ecologist