Insects and Gardens

Insects and Gardens

In Pursuit of A Garden Ecology

Book - 2001
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After years of gardening under a variety of theories, Grissell, a research entomologist for the US Department of Agriculture, proclaims that the best gardeners are those who are realistic about how gardens work and who know the players are in the garden what they are doing, and why they are doing it. To help, he describes the lives of garden insects, the ecology of gardening, and the gardener's perspective on insects and humans. Goodpasture is an international photographer as well as an entomologist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
With a sound basis in science and a practical grounding in gardening experience, Grissell seeks to introduce the reader to insect biology and the role of insects in garden ecology. He describes the various orders of insects the gardener is likely to encounter, and writes knowledgeably about how insects grow, feed, and reproduce. Unlike other books on insects for gardeners, this is not a handbook on how to recognize and eliminate "pests." Instead, Insects and Gardens casts a more appreciative eye on the doings of the class Insecta and seeks to find a middle ground in which both humankind and insectkind can share the garden to mutual benefit. No absolute purist, however, Grisell guiltily confesses to having broken down and used pesticides in desperation more than once. Gardeners will find here a companionable friend with high ideals rather than an unyielding taskmaster.
More than one hundred of Carll Goodpasture's remarkable color photographs reveal the captivating beauty and vital energy that insects bring to the garden, and illuminate the intricacies of interdependence that characterize a garden's ecology. Even the most "bug-hating" gardener cannot fail to be moved by a gulf-fritillary sipping nectar on a passion flower or a colorful scorpionfly camouflaged on a leaf.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2001.
ISBN: 9780881925043
Characteristics: 345 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.

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