The Nature-friendly Garden comes to New Dominion Bookshop June 27

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Nature writer and photographer Marlene A. Condon

will discuss and sign her new book,

The Nature-friendly Garden

Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 AM

Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle against the outside world. They’re perpetually at war with nature, investing in chemical treatments to fight off mammals, birds, and insects in an effort to preserve their garden as a pristine, unspoiled patch of earth.

Marlene A. Condon proposes a radically different method of gardening: What if, instead of battling the natural world, we invite it into our yards?

The result is a nature-friendly garden which attracts and meets the needs of common creatures while maintaining a thriving and varied landscape of flowers and other plants.

As this thought-provoking guide demonstrates, coexisting with nature doesn’t mean turning your yard into a bramble-infested wilderness. The sustainable low-impact garden described in the pages of The Nature-friendly Garden is a model of environmental balance, fostering species diversity while keeping wildlife damage and invasive plant growth at an acceptable minimum.

Best of all, it offers a privileged look at the workings of nature, opening up a new and fascinating world for even the most experienced gardener.

Marlene Condon will share wildlife sights and sounds that she has captured around her home in Crozet, Virginia, as well as explain how folks can create their own nature-friendly landscape.

Marlene A. Condon is a nature writer and photographer with a passion for creating wildlife habitat around homes. A field editor for Birds & Blooms since the magazine’s debut in 1995, she has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her yard has been certified as a backyard wildlife habitat by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the National Wildlife Federation and it has been showcased on public television stations WVPT in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and WCVE in Richmond. Marlene is an adjunct professor at Piedmont Virginia Community College where she teaches wildlife and gardening classes and she is a speaker in Shenandoah National Park.

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