By Toby Hemenway. Picture your backyard as one incredibly lush garden, filled with edible flowers, bursting with fruit and berries, and carpeted with scented herbs and tangy salad greens. The flowers nurture endangered pollinators. Bright-featured songbirds feed on abundant berries and gather twigs for their nests. The plants themselves are grouped in natural communities, where each species plays a role in building soil, deterring pests, storing nutrients, and luring beneficial insects. You have created a garden paradise. This book provides the botanical knowledge and technical expertise to take the principles of permaculture and apply them on a home scale, with simple yet comprehensive strategies for creating a self-sustaining ecosystem in your own backyard. 320 pages, softcover.