Butterfly Gardening for Texas
Gardening, Gardens
8.5 x 11, 448 pp.
268 color photos. 11 line art. 2 maps. 17 tables. App. Index. Bib.
Pub Date: 06/03/2013
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
Price:        $35.00

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2013 Carroll Abbott Memorial Award, sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Texas

Butterfly Gardening for Texas

Geyata Ajilvsgi

Texas hosts an unparalleled number of butterfly species, and whether one lives near the beaches of the Gulf Coast or in the mountains of the Trans-Pecos, all Texans can enjoy the color and tranquility that butterflies bring to any outdoor space.

In Butterfly Gardening for Texas, author and expert Geyata Ajilvsgi shares a wealth of practical information about all kinds of butterflies and the many flowers and other plants they utilize in their miraculous life cycle: from hidden egg to munching caterpillar to cryptic chrysalis to nectar-sipping, winged adult.

Written in an engaging, nontechnical style for anyone who wants to attract butterflies to the yard or garden, the book provides tips for making gardens caterpillar- and butterfly-friendly, in-depth profiles of more than fifty butterflies, descriptions of the food plants for a variety of both caterpillars and butterflies, and plant lists for easy selection and substitution, depending on where you live and what is available.

For those who want specific advice on what to plant where, Ajilvsgi has designed useful, adaptable landscape plans and extensive planting options for each of seven state regions. Helpful appendices aid gardeners in taking photographs of the butterflies they attract, in locating sources for seeds and plants, and in finding organizations and other instructive publications for additional information about these beautiful and beneficial insects.

As the popularity of butterfly gardening continues to increase, gardeners of all skill levels will find Butterfly Gardening for Texas an invaluable source of guidance and inspiration.

GEYATA AJILVSGI writes and photographs from her home in the Hill Country. Considered among the state’s top plant and butterfly experts, she is the author of Wild Flowers of Texas and other books.

What Readers Are Saying:

"If you love butterflies and would like to attract more of them to your garden, Butterfly Gardening for Texas should be just the book for you."--Glen Dromgoole, The Eagle

“The author is a top butterfly and butterfly plant expert in Texas. This hefty 448-page book has been called ‘the very best boo on butterfly gardening’ by American Butterflies magazine—and it should know. In addition to 268 beautiful color photographs, the author’s useful guide presents more than 50 butterfly profiles and plant lists (with substitutions) for maximum attraction Ajilvsgi’s do-it-yourself landscape plans offer additional inspiration for our yard”—Celeste Williams, Star-Telegram

"Butterfly lovers will find Geyata Ajilvsgi's Butterfly Gardening for Texas immensely exciting . . . this new edition is expertly informed, lavishly produced and richly illustrated. . . ."--Texas Gardener's Seeds


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