The California Wildlife Habitat Garden

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  • Copyright: 8/8/2012
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
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This attractive, practical guide explains how to transform backyard gardens into living ecosystems that are not only enjoyable retreats for humans, but also thriving sanctuaries for wildlife. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, this book provides easy-to-follow recommendations for providing food, cover, and water for birds, bees, butterflies, and other small animals. Emphasizing individual creativity over conventional design, Bauer asks us to consider the intricate relationships between plants and wildlife and our changing role as steward, rather than manipulator, of these relationships. In an engaging narrative that endorses simple and inexpensive methods of wildlife habitat gardening, Nancy Bauer discusses practices such as recycling plant waste on site, using permeable pathways, growing regionally appropriate plants, and avoiding chemical fertilizers and insecticides. She suggests ways of attracting pollinators through planting choices and offers ideas for building water sources and shelters for wildlife. A plant resource guide, tips for propagating plants, seasonal plants for hummingbirds, and host plants for butterflies round out The California Wildlife Habitat Garden, making it an indispensable primer for those about to embark on creating their own biologically diverse, environmentally friendly garden.

Author Biography

Nancy Bauer is a writer and garden instructor based in Sonoma County. She has taught classes for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the UC Davis Master Gardener Program, the National Wildlife Stewardship Program, and numerous garden and nature organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of The Habitat Garden Book: Wildlife Landscaping for the San Francisco Bay Region.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Why Garden for Wildlife?p. xi
Growing a Wildlife Garden: The Adler Garden, Walnut Creekp. 1
Bird Habitat: From Quail to Hummingbirds: Quail Hollow, Tujungap. 33
The Pollinator Garden: Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficial Insects Charlotte's Habitat, Novatop. 67
The Wildlife Pond: The Biggses' Pond, Sebastopolp. 107
Front Yard Habitat: Burying the Lawn Aesthetic The Blackstone Monarch Habitat, San Jose The Pacheco Wildlife Garden, Fountain Valley The LaMar-Goerke Wildlife Garden, Mill Valleyp. 129
Appendices: Starting a Habitat Gardenp. 167
Natural Gardening Guidelinesp. 168
Native Plant Communitiesp. 175
Oaks in the Landscapep. 179
Plants for Hedgerowsp. 184
Seasonal Plants for Hummingbirdsp. 188
Common California Butterflies and Host Plantsp. 193
Top Nectar and Pollen Plant Familiesp. 198
Invasive Pest Plantsp. 209
Sources of California Native Plantsp. 211
Books and Resourcesp. 216
Bibliographyp. 221
Plant Indexp. 225
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