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


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$29.95  $27.85
Skipstone Press
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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 "