Book Post: Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving

Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving by Frédérique Lavoipierre, Illustrations by Craig Latker

With garden/crop planning front and center for most of us, picking the plants to grow this season and exactly where they are going in your garden is of the utmost importance. We also need to make sure that we choose some of the plants for our ‘Garden Allies,’ too. 

Most of us plant for local pollinators; however, lots of beneficial insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles pollinate flowers, vegetable crops and handle pests, too. Recently, I finished, Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving by Frédérique Lavoipierre (@flavoipierre). Based on her series of the same name, which ran for ten years in Pacific Horticulture (@Pachort) magazine. 

With the gorgeous pen-and-ink art by Craig Latker, Lavoipierre creates fascinating portraits of individual creatures, including life cycles and their contribution to the balance of a garden’s ecology – a perfect resource to use for planning! 

4/5 overall, and worth the read! The author creates beautiful and intimate portraits of all the creatures, even ones you wouldn’t suspect, like ants and slugs. Be informed that, at over 300 pages, this book is very in-depth, text-heavy, with lots of science-related information and language. Not something most of us would read cover-to-cover in one sitting, but great to have in digestible chunks. 

Resource tip: Use your local public library to sample books to know what you want to buy for your home library. Thanks, Vancouver Community Library, I’m buying this one! 

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