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Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Professional entomologist and amateur gardener Eric Grissell suggests that it might be time to declare a truce with the insects in our lives. With a sound basis in science and a practical grounding in gardening experience, Grissell introduces the reader to the role of insects in garden ecology. His insightful account of insect biology is supported by gorgeous photographs, ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Timber Press (first published October 1st 2001)
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Jun 22, 2007 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gardeners, naturalists, kids
Actually a funny book about insects in, with, and under gardens. Written from an ecological point of view by an entomologist. Wants gardeners to create diverse landscapes in order to promote balanced ecosystems in which insects take care of themselves. No chemicals. No problems.
Jun 13, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entomology
With an easy, conversational style, Grissell presents an ecology of gardens without going totally native or natural. He leaves it up to the gardener to make these decisions but explains that regardless of what one chooses to plant, there are ecological factors that are best considered and worked with, not against. Of course, the focus of the book is on insects in this ecology and why the enlightened gardener would want them there, all kinds. Grissell gives an accessible introduction to insects i ...more
Eric Grissell tries really really hard in this book to advocate for the consideration of insects. He always assumes his reader is a gardener who has no use for them, who is totally unsympathetic. Since I came to this book looking to learn about insects in the garden because I am already there, already very interested, this was extremely tiresome.

As for the learning itself, I think this book just got to me a little too late. There are a lot of interesting things in here, but I knew most of them
Nov 06, 2009 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the writing is a little "scientific", this book is an excellent discussion on all the roles that insects (and insect-like creatures) play in the garden. I highly recommend this book for all gardeners, especially those that are interested in gardening organically and/or gardening for wildlife.

Oh, by the way, the photos are fantastic.
Oct 06, 2010 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at entomology from the gardener's perspective.

Lots of good color photographs.

Has a tendency to stray into preachy.

Well worth reading.

Addendum: I read the book again in September 2010. The author is a passionate advocate for insects in the garden. This book is worth buying.
Oct 03, 2011 Peter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gardeners, Naturalists
An marriage of Entymology and Urban Ecology containing a brief appraisal of insect classification and life cycles followed by their function in the garden and how we gardeners can make allowances for this.
A useful book!
Sep 19, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book confirmed my commitment to growing primarily native species in my yard. I originally read a library copy & loved it so much, I bought my own copy.
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May 11, 2013 Marianne Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. Not terribly technical - great for the casual gardener who just wants to understand some basic ecology. It's a fun read!
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