Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
By Douglas W. Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware
Bringing Nature Home is an informative and vitally needed book. It is a well-written, science-based work that gives you the facts about why biodiversity is essential and how a lack of diversity is harming the environment. In clear and interesting language, Mr. Tallamy explores specific problems created by loss of habitat and using alien plants. One of the best things about this book is that it explains not only why, but also how to change your landscape. The chapter titled “What should I plant” has information that is limited to woody ornamentals and focuses on supporting moths and butterflies, but gives an overview of how to evaluate what plants are most useful. Other chapters, such as the one on creating balanced communities and another on gardening for insect diversity, give a good foundation for choosing plants that should be included in an ecologically friendly landscape. This book was not written for people with huge treed land, but for anyone with a plot of grass and a desire to restore our environment. It was a delight to read and a most needed resource.
Other resources from Doug Tallamy:
Doug Tallamy, A Call for Backyard Diversity, American Forests, (Autumn 2009), 24-31.
Fact Sheet from Bringing Nature Home, Presentation by Doug Tallamy, URI, (Sept. 28, 2013).
What to Plant? from Doug Tallamy’s website.