By re-imagining how we plan and use our gardens, we can all do our bit to support local wildlife, improve our health and help tackle the climate crisis. Positive steps, no matter how small, can really make a difference.
This is a practical, easy-to-use guide for anyone who wants to boost nature in their patch and make the world a little greener. Illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, it contains essential information on many topics, from planting nectar-rich borders, native hedgerows, trees and wildflower meadows to creating rain gardens, green roofs and ponds.
These activities, together with providing homes and feeders for birds, mammals, amphibians, bees and other insects, will encourage many kinds of native wildlife to thrive in your garden, whatever its size. Expert advice is also provided on sustainable gardening approaches to fruit and vegetable production, making compost and the propagation of new plants.
Kirsty Wilson is the Garden Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She is also a TV presenter on BBC TV's Beechgrove and appears on BBC Radio 4 Gardener's Question Time as a panellist. Further to this, she is an award-winning garden designer, photographer, a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee, and active on social media.
Hazel France is a botanical illustrator and horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
'Full of wisdom, Kirsty Wilson shows us how taking positive steps in our own garden can support wildlife, improve our health and help tackle the climate crisis'
* Scots Magazine *
'A welcome book, as a garden and its plants are always enriched by the wildlife they attract'
-- Roy Lancaster CBE, plantsman and plant explorer
'Full of sound advice and excellent ideas'
-- Jim McColl MBE, former presenter, BBC TV's Beechgrove
'it's blooming marvellous'
* Sunday Post *
'of practical value to any gardener who has wondered how to do their bit to support local wildlife, improve their health or make a contribution to tackling the climate crisis'
-- Ken Lussey * Undiscovered Scotland *