The Pollinator Bookshelf: Noah’s Garden

March 18, 2022

The Pollinator Bookshelf is a new feature in Field Notes. Each month we’ll introduce different book and author. This month’s author is Sarah Stein.

Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards

Published to rave reviews in 1993, Noah’s Garden shows us how our landscape style of neat yards and gardens has devastated suburban ecology, wiping out entire communities of plants and animals by stripping bare their habitats and destroying their food supplies. When Stein realized what her intensive efforts at making a traditional garden had done, she set out to “ungarden.” Her book interweaves an account of her efforts with an explanation of the ecology of gardens. Noah’s Garden has become the bible of the new environmental gardening movement, and the author is one of its most popular spokespersons.

More books by Sara Stein:
Planting Noah’s Garden: Further Adventures in Backyard Ecology (1997)
My Weeds: A Gardener’s Botany (1988)

Sara Stein’s Garden in Pound Ridge, NY

Sara Stein died in 2005 but her garden in lives on. The new property owners, James and Ellen Best, maintain the garden according to Sara’s original vision and design. It is often featured on garden tours including The Garden Conservancy and the Westchester Pollinator Garden Tour and provides an opportunity for readers of Noah’s Garden to see the working inspiration of the book.

Visit her garden by clicking the following link:

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