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Creating Small Habitats for Wildlife in Your Garden [Paperback]

Josie Briggs
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Book Description

15 Feb 2001
"Josie Briggs has written a book to help people create and maintain their own wetlands, woodlands, rocklands, and other natural habitats. Stunning photography, illustrations, and hardworking plant lists provide you with the inspiration and knowledge you need to carve out your own piece of wilderness."--"Better Homes & Gardens."

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (15 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186108188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861081889
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By Myrtle
This is a beautifully written mixture of natural history and gardening know-how. If it was bigger and more expensive it would almost be a book to leave on a coffee table to dip into. This is not to say that it is'nt a working tome because it is, filled with information, lists and clear line drawings in pagefuls! There has been a lot of thought over presentation which is enhanced by some stunning colour photography. My favourite has to be the frog opposite the contents page. Nothing can be all things to all people, the only criticism would be that if you were interested in gardening for a particular species, e.g. bats, you are in for a tough time as contents are arranged by type of habitat, such as woodland, wetland etc. However, it earns itself a place on the bookshelf, whether to be used as a reference volume or to savour the photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiration 11 Jun 2002
By Laura Prowicz - Published on
for someone who wanted to be a gardener but just couldn't get excited about it, this book opened my eyes. I've always been a wildlife and nature nut but for some reason could not find a way to get enthused about doing the gardening thing.
this book changed all of that. four months after reading this book, I have a yard-full of newly planted native illinois tallgrass prairie plants, two birdbaths, a pond in progress and tons of birds visiting my six birdbaths. my yard is like a whole other world.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but most especially to people like myself who need a "reason" to garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail! 6 Sep 2003
By merrymousies - Published on
This one is terrific! It covers woodlands, grasslands, rocklands, wetlands, container gardens. Pictures are fantastic and information is right on target. The book starts with answering the question Why? Why replace natural habitats in our gardens - talks to the web of life, has a great drawing showing the interconnectedness; talks to "weeds" versus "wildflowers" (yea, they're the same thing), and so much more. Lots of talk about the use of native plants and the benefits as well as the benefits of attracting wildlife to the garden. Throughout the sections there are full page tables of plants, wildlife etc so it breaks up the text. Love this book! I originally got it because we've been planning to put in a frog pond for awhile and there's a great section on that but its giving me lots of great understanding for othergardens and wild areas too. As one writer once stated, "If you want to see wildlife, let your garden be a wild place."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book about England 25 July 2010
By N. Saint - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is lovely, but it is written in England, so all the descriptions are English and the flowers used are English, with their common name.
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