The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife — by Nancy Lawson

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"Anyone with a yard, a balcony, or even a windowsill can help support the planet's plant and animal species. Even a tiny garden attracts wildlife and pollinators and peacefully resolves inter-ecosystem conflict."


The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, a philosophical and practical guide for the gardener who wants to create a backyard garden in harmony with nature is for everyone that wishes to practice compassionate landscaping.

The compassionate backyard garden will not only attract wildlife but peacefully resolve conflicts with all the creatures that may inhabit their garden. The humane gardener sees the garden as a meeting place for all creatures, not a territory to be defended.

In The Humane Gardener, author, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson issues an eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species. The author uses engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the United States, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists to demonstrate how we can apply the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces.

The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife includes detailed chapters that address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; co-habiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden.


  • Condition: New
  • Format: Hardback
  • Published: April 18, 2017
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Illustrated edition
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616895549
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 5.75" (W) x 0.88" (D) x 8.25" (L)
  • Rating: ★★★★   


    Nancy Lawson is a columnist for All Animals magazine. Lawson founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Her book and garden have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other media outlets.