Bringing Nature Home

Bringing Nature Home

How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants

Book - 2009 | Updated and expanded paperback edition.
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In Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy encourages the use of native plants in gardening. This book asks and answers questions for modern gardeners inclined to good stewardship. How can we adjust our planting palette to be both beautiful and environmentally useful? How much more does a local oak species contribute to habitat richness than an out-of-ecological-context exotic tree? What do violets and fritillary butterflies, or pawpaws and zebra swallowtails have in common? Where might tomorrow's species come from?
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2009.
Edition: Updated and expanded paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780881929928
Branch Call Number: 639.92091733 TALLA
Characteristics: 358 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm

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IndyPL_AnikaW Jan 23, 2019

This book is often cited by gardeners as THE book that got them thinking about their garden as part of the "bigger picture" of their urban ecology. We all can do our own part to help to provide for urban wildlife and re-introduce bio-diversity into our sanitized urban plantings.

Inspirational and detailed, it's a must-read for any city gardener. Classic.

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phel0077
Jul 24, 2018

This book completely changed the way I look at the land around me and the power of my own backyard. A must read for gardeners, plant lovers, agriculturists, environmentalist and land lovers.

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becknireckn
Jul 04, 2016

This book is a superb introduction to the importance of planting natives in our gardens as perhaps the best hope for conserving our wildlife. He defines what a true native is. I was surprised how narrow nature defines natives. There are lists of specific plants with their Latin names for areas of the United States. I am inspired, and have already ripped out alien plants, and put in natives in their rightful place.

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johnsankey
Jun 21, 2015

The author, a professor of entomology, says he wrote this book to convince his neighbour Sam to switch to natural gardening. It's far too heavy reading for that, but he'll use it as a text book and it will help to shore up the base of committed native plant growers. Lots of scientific references to strengthen their resolve even if they aren't able to get access to them; lists of native plants for several areas of the USA too.

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JLMason
Feb 06, 2015

Highly recommended! This book explains why it is so important to plant native species in our gardens, and not alien, imported cultivars. Native species are more nutritious and chemically suited to feeding native insects, which in turn feed birds, reptiles, frogs, and then up the food chain. Most insects cannot eat alien plants and hence the biodiversity in the suburban garden is lost. Although written for the author's location in the mid-Atlantic states, most of the plant examples are relevant to eastern Ontario. There are extensive tables in the appendices showing which native plants attract/feed which insects and their larvae - butterflies, moths, etc.

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JLMason
Feb 06, 2015

When designing a butterfly garden, you need two types of plants: species that provide nectar for adults and species that are host plants for butterfly larvae. Butterflies do not lay their eggs on any old plant. An excellent group of plants for butterflies are the milkweeds - butterfly weed, common milkweed, and swamp milkweed. Also: coneflowers and black-eyed susans (rudbeckia species), buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Joe-Pye weed, native violets, virginia creeper, oak trees, sweet gum, native viburnums.

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JLMason
Feb 06, 2015

Use native plants, because alien species in our gardens are often so nutritionally unavailable to the other members of the garden community that they might as well not be there at all.

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JLMason
Feb 06, 2015

By favouring native plants over aliens in the suburban landscape, gardeners can do much to sustain the biodiversity that has been one of this country’s richest assets. Native plants support and produce more insects than alien plants and there more numbers and species of other animals. A healthy woodlot is a collection of plants and animals - producers and consumers - that are more or less in balance.

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