By: Christine Lavelle and Michael Lavelle
528 pages, 2 vols in slipcase, 1700 col photos & illus
This is a practical gardener's guide for animal lovers, including planting advice, designs and 90 step-by-step projects, with 1700 photographs. Turn your garden into a wildlife haven by growing the right plants to encourage beneficial insects, aquatic life, birds and animals. It includes illustrated directories of over 200 plant species, from annuals to climbers, with practical advice on cultivation and uses, plus 80 of the most common garden bird species, with identification illustrations and natural history information on distribution, size, distinguishing characteristics, behaviour, nesting, eggs and feeding habits. It includes practical step-by-step projects that show you how to make all kinds of birdhouses, bird tables, birdbaths, wildlife stacks and more.
It features all the basic gardening techniques such as plant propagation, soil preparation, composting and general maintenance. It is illustrated throughout with over 1700 practical colour artworks and photographs. One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating and maintaining a garden lies in the feeling of closeness to nature. Now, with this new book box set, you can encourage hidden birds, animal and insects to proliferate in your very own back garden. These two books, written by award-winning gardening experts, give clear advice on how to create a range of wildlife gardens, showing how adopting a few simple methods will produce a dazzling display of colour while helping native animal species. There are suggestions for the best flowers, shrubs, hedges and trees to attract birds, including a design for a garden border that will provide food throughout the seasons. Comprehensive directories explore over 200 beautiful garden plants, plus over 80 of the most common birds, insects and animals, from woodland and countryside locations to town and city environments.
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Christine Lavelle is a lecturer in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford. Michael Lavelle is a committed environmentalist and currently works as a senior lecturer in landscape management at Writtle College in Chelmsford. Their book How to Create a Wildlife Garden in this box won the prestigious Garden Media Guild Award in 2008. Dr Jen Green worked in publishing for 15 years, as an editor and later editorial director, and is now a full-time writer.
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