Item description for Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards by Sara Stein...
Overview Describes the impact of carefully tended lawns and gardens on the natural ecology, and discusses how to restore the ecological balance with native plants and a change in gardening techniques
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.
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I laughed and I cried Jul 23, 2007
Sara Stein's books are amazing. She manages to lump concrete facts and advice in with lyrical symphonies to the restoration of a safe, secure ecosystem. She also makes me laugh in the process. In one section she discusses the formula for determining what size a meadow has to be, how many herbivores it has to contain, and how many predators. The question is what poundage of predator does the meadow support. Her answer: "You've got me. Don't ask me to weigh owls."
I love it!
The part that made me cry was chapter 10 - Frogs: in Memorium. I remember so well the bullfrogs from my childhood. Sara Stein has written what she did not intend to be the swan song of the frogs, but rather a call to do something about that part of the environment we CAN affect -- our own backyard.
I list this book on my website as an invaluable resource for gardeners of any experience level. Even non-gardeners would benefit from reading NOAH'S GARDEN.
Thank you, Sara Aug 30, 2006
I was sorry to hear Ms. Stein died before I had a chance to write a letter thanking her for this book. As a beginning gardner I attended a lecture she gave at a local college. My only criteria for landscaping at the time was to find the most colorful, longest-blooming plants, despite their area of origin. Ms. Stein made me realize how important it is to also provide native plants to benefit the creatures we have displaced with our rampant building. A few years ago I bought a 7.5 acre undeveloped parcel and recently had a small log cabin built on it. I plan to spend the rest of my life restoring the prairies, woodlands and wetlands with the help of this book as well as the sequel, Planting Noah's Garden. I hope Ms. Stein knew she had a great impact on many lives. Thank you, Sara.
Charming memoir Mar 23, 2006
This book is a charming memoir that follows the cycle of destruction and restoration of a piece of land in Westchester County. After moving in, the author and her husband set to clearing and "gardening" the land -- only to notice that they had driven away the quail and the frogs by changing their habitat. The author then set herself upon the task of learning about ecosystems and restoring her land. The book is as much about animals as it is about plants -- and really about the complex systems that have arisen in nature for plants and animals to support one another. The author's overarching vision is that of a suburbia with enough habitat (woods/meadows) replacing pieces of individual yards to support the animals that have been displaced by vast expanses of mowed lawns.
Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards Sep 20, 2004
This book is absolutely wonderful, it should be required reading for every lawn fanatic out there. An ecological viewpoint presented in an easy to understand and engrossing style. I would recommend this book to everyone. I am giving copies of this book as presents and loaning my copy to friends. This would be the perfect book to donate to your local or school library.
Nice Feb 4, 2003
I thought it a good idea to give a guy's opinion and so here it is. This is a "nice" book, with nice sentiment and excellent ideas about how we should live with and not apart from nature. Actually it wouldn't be a bad idea for more men to see nature as a refuge, not a place to wreck havoc with and certainly not a killing field. However, I think few "guys" could get beyond the niceness of it all. It's just too very nice.