Deer-Resistant Design

Fence-free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer
by Karen Chapman

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“Fear deer no more! The best source I’ve seen on the topic!” —Tracy DiSabato-Aust, award-winning garden designer and best-selling author

Deer are one of the most common problems a gardener can face. These cute but pesky animals can quickly devour hundreds of dollars’ worth of plants. And common solutions include...

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Published By Timber Press

Format Paperback


Number Of Pages 224

Publication Date 07/23/2019

ISBN 9781604698497

Dimensions 6.62 inches x 10 inches

“I don't think there's a designer out there who wouldn't want a copy of this book.” Garden Design Online

“If you have the common problem of deer eating up your plants, this book is the answer you've been looking for!” —Garden Design Magazine

“This book is a gift to all gardeners who share their landscape with wild life.” —The Renton Reporter

“Practical, inspiring, and beautiful. Chapman gives me new hope and tangible solutions for my own deer-challenged landscape.” Joe Lamp’l, creator and host of PBS’s Growing a Greener World and founder of
“The resource that deer-plagued gardeners have been waiting for. Essential reading for anyone gardening in deer country.” —Niki Jabbour, award-winning author and staff writer at

“[Karen Chapman] encourages gardeners to be more creative, more clever, more understanding and more resilient in the face of deer pressure. And, best yet, she shows you how to do it.” —My Northern Garden

“A book that recognizes that one size does not fit all, and inspires even the most beleaguered to try again.  A great read with many valuable plant recommendations.” Small Town Gardener

“Karen is a wealth of information on how to work with a deer’s natural behavior pattern and outwit their appetite. “ — The Joe Gardener Show with Joe L’ampl

“Not an encyclopedia of plants that the deer don’t usually eat, although the end of each chapter lists each designer’s or homeowner’s top ten plants. The book is much more; it is a selection of well-designed gardens that have dealt with deer issues as well as other animal issues.” —Columbus Dispatch

Deer-Resistant Design proves that beautiful gardens and deer can coexist.” The Impatient Gardener

“Practical and inspiring.” —Country Gardens

“The beauty of this book is that the gardens that grace its pages are not just presented as finished products. The initial challenges homeowners faced and solved to develop their gardens are described in detail. If you feel discouraged by deer this is an inspirational book.”—ThePress Democrat

“With practical advice and inspiring design ideas, this book will help you confidently tackle this challenging problem.” —Michigan Gardener

Deer-Resistant Design offers a peaceable-kingdom approach to gardening with wildlife.” —The Seattle Times