*Disclosure: I was given this book, free of charge, for my honest review. 

Anyone who likes to garden knows that birds are naturally attracted to many types of plants – especially native plants.

Costa’s Hummingbird visiting the velvety flowers of Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
I particularly enjoy watching the hummingbirds visiting my garden.  
 
The blooms of Ocotillo are irresistible to hummingbirds.
As I visit other gardens, I enjoy seeing the feathered visitors and note what it is about that garden space they find attractive.
As a garden writer, I am often given the opportunity to review books by the folks at Timber Press -especially those that marry gardening with birding.
 
So, I was thrilled to see their latest book on my doorstep…
 
 
This is a fabulous book filled with all you need to know to attract birds to your garden.
 
For example, what if you could create a bird-friendly garden that attracted birds that you don’t always commonly see in your neighborhood?
 
 
One winter, this small blue bird found its way onto my garden wall.  I had never seen any type of blue bird visit my garden, so I was thrilled.
House finches gather for a quick bite of bird seed.

For many people, our efforts to attract birds consists of hanging out a bird feeder and filling it with seed.

 
While you are providing food for birds by doing this, they require more then bird seed.  They need water, shelter and native plants to feed upon.


Gardening For the Birds by George Adams, will help you to create a sanctuary in your own garden filled with beautiful plants that will attract feathered visitors.

Inside this book are lists of plants, separated by region, that will help to attract birds to your garden.  In addition, many of these plants have over-lapping bloom cycles, which are there to provide a year-round source of food for birds.
 
I am not a black & white type of girl – I don’t like books about gardening (or birding) that only have black & white photos.  That is why I love the colorful photos of plants and birds in Gardening for Birds.
 
So are you ready to move beyond your bird feeder?  Get this book and learn how to add shelter, water, nesting sites AND native plants to your garden.  You will soon be rewarded with a wide variety of birds visiting your garden.
 
Roadrunner checking out the front patio.
Now, I am not going to let go of my copy of this book.  BUT, I AM HOSTING A GIVEAWAY WHERE YOU CAN WIN YOUR OWN COPY!
 
If you only own one book about birds and gardening – this is the one!  It would also make a fabulous gift for the bird-lover in your life (Christmas is just around the corner).
 
All you need to do is to add a comment, below, to this post.  For an extra entry – ‘like’ me on Facebook or ‘follow’ me on Twitter.
 I will pick a winner 1 week from today.  
 *I was provided a copy of this book for free, for my honest review.


Enjoying the beautiful birds of summer!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

19 replies
  1. Jan
    Jan says:

    I've never seen a Roadrunner…not at all a 'common' bird to me – yet it is to you. I love watching birds, and appreciate them so much. How nice for you to have a Bluebird visitor. Now that is a bird that I do get here quite often, although I always consider it a treat. Looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Aaron Dalton
    Aaron Dalton says:

    When I choose plants for the garden, I always try to find ones that will benefit 'the beneficials' (Bees, Butterflies and Birds).

    I know there are others (like hoverflies and green lacewings), but their names don't start with B 😉

    Anyway, I'd love to learn more from this book about which plants would enhance my backyard habitat for our feathered friends!

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  3. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    We have attracted birds to our yard since the winter of 1969, when visiting a friend in Wisconsin. He was laid up with a broken leg and started reading about birds in his area and building bird houses and feeders. Our family caught "the bug" and now our whole family are bird watchers. They have provided so much entertainment in my later years of life. Now, I wouldn't want to live without them. This is getting so long, but I have to say that when a family member was in a nursing home…we put a feeder outside his window and several others did the same. We used to fill the feeders every week, so that the residents could watch the birds.
    Balisha

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  4. Kendra Titus
    Kendra Titus says:

    Wow, I have never seen a roadrunner from so close up before! They are always skiddishly running about off in the distance. Sounds like a cool book! Does it differentiate between nice pretty birds and pigeons/ravens/crows that just want to scavenge your yard?

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  5. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    Yay, a contest. It's so true about attracting birds. It takes a variety of strategies. Thanks AZPlantLady from LoveCaveCreekAz. So happy I found your blog. Y

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