In Noah's Garden
, published in 1994, gardener and writer Sara Stein addressed the business of making a messy backyard--of restoring a naturally chaotic and dynamic "floral-faunal-microbial system" in the place of neatly tended, carefully selected and weeded, and ultimately artificial gardens. Just as charmingly written as its predecessor, Planting Noah's Garden
furthers Stein's campaign to make lawns animated, full of disorder, life, and wildness. Studded with ringing tributes to alumroot, trillium, goldenrod, bellworts, and mayflowers, this is a lovely gardener's manifesto. Packed with practical instructions for planning and maintaining a garden of one's own, it's also wonderful entertainment for anyone with a green thumb.
From Library Journal
In Noah's Garden (LJ 4/1/93), Stein described how she rehabilitated her landscape in Westchester County, New York, by reintroducing native plants and other features designed to attract and support wildlife. This sequel relates her experiences in lecturing around the country and meeting other gardeners who are putting her recommendations into practice. She also expands upon the complexities of reestablishing native habitats. For example, it's not enough simply to let fields and woods go "wild" when they are already choked by invasive alien species such as the frightening "mile-a-minute" vine. The answer lies in researching plants native to the locale, replanting, and removing weeds. The results often run counter to traditional gardening tastes, e.g., poison ivy, a native plant that feeds wildlife, is good, while barberry, which invades woodlands, is bad. But this will surely become a bible for anyone interested in a rehabilitation project, as it provides a wealth of information. Recommended for all gardening collections.?Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., Va.
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