When it was first published in 1998 The Native Garden: Design Themes from Wild New Zealand, was a revelation in which Isobel Gabites argued for a gardening style based around native ecosystems and a reverence for our natural landscapes that offered exciting concepts. So successful that it ran to a second edition, this revised edition of this timeless title has an extensive new section on attracting wildlife to the garden and edible plants that can be harvested from a native garden.
The Native Garden draws inspiration from the incredible richness and diversity of New Zealand's natural environment - from lush subtropical forests to vast tussocklands. It shows how the associations of native plants in the wild can offer blueprints for the garden, and helps us translate the big picture into small garden settings that echo the natural palettes and distinctive character of the landscape, creating a truly New Zealand garden.
A New Zealand gardening classic since its first publication, this updated edition includes a new chapter on encouraging birds and animals to the garden, and up-to-date information on native plant nurseries.
Isobel Gabites is an ecological consultant who works with developers and councils on achieving ecological best practice and interpretation display design in parks and public spaces. she is the author of several natural history and gardening books. Rob Lucas has written and photographed a number of books about New Zealand's natural history, including the award-winning Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest. He has lectured in horticulture at the open Polytechnic of New Zealand.