Pollinator Gardening for the South

Creating Sustainable Habitats

By Danesha Seth Carley, Anne M. Spafford

168 pp., 8 x 9, 134 color plates, 19 drawings, 8 tables, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5941-1
    Published: March 2021
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-5942-8
    Published: February 2021
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5763-7
    Published: February 2021

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This step-by-step guide will answer all of your questions about how to create beautiful gardens designed to welcome beneficial pollinators across the South. Combining up-to-date scientific information with artful design strategies, Danesha Seth Carley and Anne M. Spafford teach gardeners of all levels to plan, plant, and maintain successful pollinator gardens at home and in shared community sites. Everyday gardeners, along with farmers, scientists, and policy makers, share serious concerns about ongoing declines in bee and other pollinator populations, and here Spafford and Carley deliver great news: every thoughtfully designed garden, no matter how small, can play a huge role in providing the habitat, nourishment, and nesting places so needed by pollinators. This book explains all you need to be a pollinator champion.

*Covers USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9, including twelve southern states

*Explains what makes pollinators happy—bees, for sure, and many others, great and small

*Brings science and art together in gardens of all types, including urban, food, container, community, school, and large-scale gardens

*Provides step-by-step instructions for choosing locations, preparing soil and garden beds, selecting the best plants, considering seasonality in your garden design, managing your garden throughout the year, and much more

*Richly illustrated with photographs, design plans, and handy charts and lists

About the Authors

Danesha Seth Carley is associate professor of horticultural science at North Carolina State University and director of the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center.
For more information about Danesha Seth Carley, visit the Author Page.

Anne M. Spafford is associate professor of horticultural science at North Carolina State University and coauthor of Rain Gardening in the South.
For more information about Anne M. Spafford, visit the Author Page.


"A delightful, easy to understand guidebook. . . . Not only is the science impeccable, this outdoor lover’s manual is full of wisdom, history and wonderful observations about nature, even human nature."--Lloyd Brinson, Briar Patch Books

“The first book I’ve come across that relates pollinators to garden design and focuses on the southern region, Pollinator Gardening for the South raises awareness of the importance that insects play in our daily lives and shows how we can become better stewards of nature through our landscape approaches. The need for this book in the classroom, gardener training programs, and the green industry profession is great.” Brie Arthur, author of The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden and Gardening with Grains

Pollinator Gardening for the South offers a unique approach to creating pollinator gardens and habitats—no other book like it exists. With this gardening guide in hand, anyone can learn to create gardens to support pollinators at all scales, large and small—even as small as a container garden! The authors will be alongside you every step of the way. Truly a book for everyone, from beginners to seasoned landscape professionals.”—Patricia R. Drackett, director of the Crosby Arboretum at Mississippi State University