CREATING SUMMER MAGIC IN YOUR GARDEN
In 1990, the Xerces Society and Smithsonian Institution
collaborated to produce this fascinating book on butterflies and moths.
Each chapter was contributed by an expert, writing on topics such as night
gardens for moths (Dave Winter) and butterflies' vision (Miriam
Rothschild). The book also contains garden designs, plant profiles, an
extensive bibliography and resource list.
How does one improve on such a book? The newly revised edition of
Butterfly Gardening includes chapters on beneficial insects and
pollination, as well as a current bibliography. Pointing out that each
native plant has, on average, twenty invertebrate associates, Melody
Mackey Allen (Xerces Society) writes in the preface, "The steady drone of
insects at work adds a meditative undersong to summer gardens." This
broadening of focus, to include native bees and other pollinators, is very
This review is graciously provided by Claire Hagan Dole.