Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects

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"No matter the size or shape of your growing area, this will guide you through creating a butterfly-friendly space." --Mother Earth News


Welcome the world's most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of butterflies who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, pollinator-friendly garden. You will learn why butterflies matter, why they are in danger, and what simple steps we can take to make a difference. You'll also learn how to choose the right plants and how to create a garden that flutters and flourishes with life.


Jacket Description/Back:
Create a garden that flutters with life!


Protect and nurture the best-loved of garden guests: butterflies, nature's kaleidoscopes with wings. The Xerces Society introduces you to a variety of butterflies who need our help, and provides suggestions for native plants to attract them, habitat designs to help them thrive, and garden practices to accommodate all their stages of life. Join the effort to conserve butterflies and moths, and learn proven strategies for welcoming these extraordinary visitors.

Review Quotes:
"Celebrate Earth Day by taking cues from Gardening for Butterflies, which suggests the best blooms for attracting spring's prettiest winged creatures." -- Martha Stewart Living


"There are chapters on designing a butterfly garden, creating shelter, butterfly plants, installation and maintenance, observing and conserving, even tagging butterflies to help track migration. But the best part of this book might be the photographs of these incredible creatures." -- Country Gardens


"Gardeners interested particularly in the ecological issues of pollinator conservation will want this book, which provides them with the rationale and tools for supporting and promoting pollinators." -- Library Journal


"An introduction to some of the most endangered butterflies and a guide to creating a garden that can protect and nurture them." -- Gardens Illustrated


"Outstanding. . . . Perhaps the most appealing aspect of butterfly gardening is that you can really make a difference for butterflies and other pollinators in your backyard. This Xerces Society book is a great guide to get you started or to enhance your existing efforts." -- Wildlife Activist
"You--a large, warm-blooded creature incapable of flight--actually have something very important in common with the butterfly: You both adore flowers. In clear prose and lovely photographs, a new book-- Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects--tells how to make the most of that shared obsession." -- Columbus Dispatch

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. They are the authors of 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, Farming with Native Beneficial Insects, and Attracting Native Pollinators.

Timber Press

Pub Date:  March 23, 2016

0.7" H x 9.0" L x 7.9" W

228 pages