The Natural History of a Garden

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Timber Press, 2003 - Gardening - 245 pages
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To see wildlife in your garden you have to know what is there, what it looks like, and what it might be doing at any given time. The book opens with advice on how to hone observational skills so you recognize not just the insects but also their predators, and take note of the diversity of pollinators from the familiar honeybees to the low-temperature bumblebees and late-night moths. Discussions of plants and animals are followed by similarly detailed studies of soil, seasonal change, ecology, water, and garden visitors. The book's principles apply to gardens anywhere in the world, although the species and events observed will obviously vary with each garden's location. The Natural History of a Garden will enhance the garden naturalist's awareness with its strange-but-true facts, extraordinary statistics, and fascinating revelations into how a garden works.

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About the author (2003)

Colin Spedding has published in excess of 200 papers and has lectured in 35 countries. He is author of 12 previous books.

Geoffrey Spedding grew up in England and was trained as a zoologist, receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Zoology at the University of Bristol. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Southern California and enjoys working on both engineering and biology problems. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and two cats.

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