Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company;
Paperback: 304 pages
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Noah’s Garden : Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards Paperback Reissue edition
Published to rave reviews in 1993, Noah’s Garden shows us how our landscape style of neat yards and gardens has devastated suburban ecology, wiping out entire communities of plants and animals by stripping bare their habitats and destroying their food supplies. When Stein realized what her intensive efforts at making a traditional garden had done, she set out to “ungarden.” Her book interweaves an account of her efforts with an explanation of the ecology of gardens. Noah’s Garden has become the bible of the new environmental gardening movement, and the author is one of its most popular spokespersons.
What kind of grass is planted behind your house? What insects burrow in your soil, and what birds eat them? What’s happening in that compost pile you’re so proud of? This book may well change the view from your patio. A former old-style suburban gardener, Sara Stein writes convincingly of the ecological history of suburbia and the necessity of good stewardship of the land stolen from prairies and forests to make our back yards. Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature A gentle but important manifesto. It joins the ecologist’s vision to the gardener’s art in the urgent work of translating the American lawn into something more beautiful and interesting and alive. The Washington Post By offering readers a thousand and one fun things to know and do, Stein has made a contribution to environmental literature that is both useful and delightful.