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Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects

Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects

A Book on Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects

a how-to guide by Jan Miller-Klein.



A book long in the writing, including hundreds of colour photos from many different specialists in butterflies, moths, bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies, ladybirds and flowers.

Large format, easy to read,  dip-into guide with colour-coded chapters on:

which plants to use - each with big colour photo and common name as well as Latin name and growing instructions;

how to identify the most useful and beautiful insects that may come to your garden;

how to make an insectary garden to attract natural pest-predators to your veg. patch so you don't have to use pesticides;

designs to copy for borders, patio pots, deep beds in urban settings as well as in the countryside;

creating different habitats like wildflower meadows, green roofs and dragonfly ponds;

appendices of where to find useful societies, websites, suppliers of plants and seeds and lots, lots more!

  • Reviews

    This is an excellent book from garden designer, writer and passionate Butterfly Conservation volunteer Jan Miller-Klein.

    It starts in familiar territory, with profiles on plants that are particularly good for butterflies

    through the seasons of the year, but then moves on to more. Much more. There are

    informative sections on bees, beetles and other beneficial insects, which provide identification tips as well as detailing the ecological roles played by these creatures and a myriad of ways to encourage them into your garden.There is, of course, lots of information about butterflies and moths, the habitats and resources they require and how to cater for them in your garden. For the more adventurous gardeners there are sections about creating butterfly banks, green roofs, flowering lawns and the brilliantly-titled ‘water-creaturefeature’. And, perhaps, most useful of all, are the numerous garden designs for readers to copy or adapt. These suggest colourful and beneficial planting schemes for plots of all sizes from patio containers to school grounds.

    The book is large format and wonderfully illustrated in colour. It’s a practical guide, but

    also a fascinating collection of facts, anecdotes, advice from experts and case studies. On top of all that Butterfly Conservation will receive adonation from sales of this book. Richard Fox  (Senior project officer, Butterfly Conservation)

    Your book is fantastic!  We're having our garden landscaped at the moment and most of the ideas have come straight out of your book.  It is so user-friendly, it's brilliant.  Thanks.

    All the best, Iolo Williams.

    I think it is a great - looks good, reads well and an excellent addition to the canon on creating wildlife - well done. Dusty Gedge.

    "The Section on `How to Identify Butterflies' is really one of the best I've seen, as someone who is vaguely interested in this area, and the section on Bees was also amazing – I had no idea about the diversity here! Not really being much of a gardener (and that's something of an understatement!), I'm sure that some of the finer points about the design and lay-out will have passed me by – but the combination of excellent design and very practical advice is a sure winner. Amazing piece of work."
    Jonathon Porritt

  • Shipping

    Price includes UK delivery via Royal Mail.

  • Returns

    You can return this book for a full refund within 60 days if in 'as new' condition.

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