paper, 144 pp., $35.00
Rhoda Nottridge, a British writer fond of wildlife, provides advice on how to attract all kinds of animal life into a garden. These friendly garden companions, ranging from insects to the popular hedgehog, are given shelters, easily constructed from simple materials. As for aquatic creatures, she provides instruction on how to build and maintain a pond that is sure to please the most discerning frog. The author encourages the reader to furnish the wildlife sanctuary with suitable plants — trees, shrubs, perennials, and meadow, and lists some appropriate plantings. Nottridge gives planting details on how to create a “living roof” in order to provide more green spaces. As urban areas turn more and more to hardscaping, this feature has become popular as it promotes a habitat for wildlife.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden