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Eileen M. Stark

Landscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives

Eileen M. Stark is a Portland-based landscape designer, consultant, writer and photographer whose academic background includes biology, wildlife ecology, and landscape design. She is a deeply committed conservationist who strives to create awareness of the myriad creatures with which we share this fragile planet. Her design company, Second Nature Garden Design, applies permaculture, habitat preservation, and restoration ecology principles. Her book, Real Gardens Grow Natives: Design, Plant, and Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden (Skipstone Press, 2014) has received rave reviews and helps guide Pacific Northwest gardeners in designing for both beauty and biodiversity. Check out her blog! Other writings and photographs have appeared in local and national publications. She is an avid volunteer and previously worked in the animal protection field.


Cultivating Life: Welcome Wildlife with a Healthy and Diverse Garden

The essence of a successful garden lies not only in its ability to look beautiful, but also in its ability to humanely and ethically cultivate life. Trees, shrubs, butterflies and birds all need healthy habitat, but it’s becoming scarce. Gain sight of the wholeness potential of your garden, by questioning traditional gardening practices and rethinking “pest.” Using ecology principles and lavish photography discover how to welcome wildlife and natural processes without toxins and other hazards, and peacefully coexist with the animals we share the world with.

Friday, Feb 9 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow