Bringing Nature Home

Bringing Nature Home

How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

Book - 2007
Average Rating:
3
2
Rate this:
As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.

There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife -- native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction.

Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition -- with an expanded resource section and updated photos -- will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780881928549
0881928542
Branch Call Number: 639.9209 TALLAMY
Characteristics: 288 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Quotes

Add a Quote

j
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.

j
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.

j
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.

Comment

Add a Comment

j
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.

j
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.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at LPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top