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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881527875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881527879
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A guide full of sensible and easy to follow advice for gardeners in all parts of the country who want to experience the magic of hummingbirds in their garden. Hummingbird Gardens provides specific recommendations for the best varieties of flowers to plant in order to attract the elusive creatures, while integrating gardening ideas and designs with an informative introduction to the general habits, including migrating and nesting patterns, of hummingbirds. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An undeniable element of magic surrounds the unexpected discovery of a hummingbird paying a visit to one's own backyard. With that goal in mind, Newfield and Nielsen offer a compilation of material full of sensible advice for gardeners in all parts of the country who share the desire to attract hummingbirds to the home garden environment. Although the guide can be counted on to provide specific recommendations for the best varieties of flowers to plant in order to attract the lovely creatures, the appealing text integrates gardening ideas and designs with an informative introduction to the general habits (migrating and nesting patterns, etc.) of hummingbirds. A final section provides a detailed identification guide to various species and to plants (as designated by regional appropriateness). Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Long, long ago - experience taught me the smoothest way through life is to "never make recommendations to anybody about anything." Sam and I have learned to qualify those don't-miss-it things encompassing: great places to eat, visit, read, watch, etc. For example, we now say, "The food was great the night we were there," or "You would love the movie if you enjoy such-and-such."
With all of those lessons in mind, I'm unequivocally saying, "Get your hands on Hummingbird Gardens as soon as possible." I don't think the co-authors, Nancy Newfield and Barbara Nielsen, have yet realized the true scope of what they have accomplished.
I knew Nancy was working on a book with somebody, but thought it was strictly for the southern Louisiana area. When Sam brought home my unexpected copy, it took only a few minutes of browsing for me to tell him something like, "Good lord, this thing is really, really good - and I mean good!" That's saying a lot for a person who is not easily impressed, and the more I read, the better it got.
Somehow, Nancy and Barbara truly did it all in Hummingbird Gardens by combining a wealth of well written, informative text with spectacular photographs of both the hummingbirds and the flowering plants so loved by these creatures. The beautiful birds and blossoming plants are well covered in their own separate chapters.
At the same time though, the content flows smoothly into pertinent regional information for those in: California, The Pacific Northwest, The Southwest, The Western Mountains, The Southeast and The East and Midwest. They so skillfully blend bird and bloom with helpful tips and enthusiasts' experiences that you will want to read on and on about other hummers in other gardens!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
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Including information from real-life hummingbird gardeners around the U.S., this book will be useful to virtually anyone in North America who's trying to create backyard habitat for these fascinating birds. The main shortcoming of this book is in the depth of coverage of the plants, particularly photos. There were not enough showing an entire plant (though more than enough of the birds themselves), and the one feeder illustrated contained dyed sugar water (a no-no and contradictory to the text). Novice hummingbird gardeners should cross-reference the plant names with national and regional gardening guides for photos and cultural information such as size and temperature tolerance.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has incredible photographs and gobs of information about these amazing creatures. It's an unabashed sales-job to get you to become a hummingbird gardener. (That's not a bad idea!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen W. Cook on December 15, 2012
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I thought the book was written very well. The only thing I would have liked to see added to it ... I would have loved to see more garden design ideas aimed at attracting hummingbirds in the different regions of the USA.
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By Pamela G. on June 6, 2014
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I was expecting a book that would provide more information about plants. These are old library books and not very informative as far as plantings go.
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