A graduate in architecture from the University of NSW, George Adams was born in Sydney. His life-long interests include bushwalking, natural history, conservation, gardening, sketching, photography, rugby union and surfing.
His best-selling first book, Birdscaping Your Garden, was published in 1980.
In recent years Adams has become concerned by the decline in most parts of Australia of the variety and numbers of small birds. He has noted the trend towards an increased use of exotic plants in landscape design and a corresponding decrease in biodiversity. Adams hopes that his new book, Birdscaping Australian Gardens, will generate renewed interest in native plants, particularly in the exciting new species and cultivars that are now available in nurseries. He has expanded the philosophy of his original book to include the creation of varying habitats in the garden to cater for an increased variety of birds and butterflies. He has updated, expanded and revised material from the original book, Birdscaping Your Garden, and added new sections. These include a comprehensive Bird Directory that provides detailed insights into the life histories, distribution and feeding habits of the most common garden birds and extensive Plant Tables showing how to select plants to provide year-round food for native birds.
The book is lavishly illustrated with his unique style of environmental photography using natural light to show the bird in its natural habitat, and illustrations to show botanically correct plants and ornithologically accurate birds in association with one of their favoured plants. His love of his subject can be clearly seen in these beautifully detailed drawings.