Chris McLaughlin | An Island Press author

Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin has been gardening and studying plants for over thirty-five years. She’s the author of nine books: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables, Hobby Farms: Small-Space Rabbit Keeping, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening, Vertical Vegetable Gardening, A Garden to Dye For, Growing Heirloom Flowers, Raising Animals for Fiber, and The Good Garden.

Chris is the associate editor for From Scratch Magazine and a staff contributor to Vegetable Her work has appeared magazines such as Urban Farm Magazine, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, The Herb Companion, The Heirloom Gardener, and Fine Gardening Magazine.

Chris is the mother of four, grandmother of five, and lives on a small flower farm in Northern California’s Gold Country with her family and more animals than she will admit to. Between breaths, Chris attempts to keep up with her own website, Laughing Crow & Company (

The Good Garden by Chris McLaughlin | An Island Press book

The Good Garden

How to Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food—All in Your Own Backyard

What makes a garden good? For Chris McLaughlin, it’s about growing the healthiest, most scrumptious fruits and veggies possible, but it’s also about giving back. How can your little patch of Earth become a sanctuary for threatened wildlife, sequester carbon, and nurture native plants?

McLaughlin gives you all the tricks and tips you need to grow the sustainable garden of your dreams.