More resources

The core resources we described are fundamental, but these books, videos, and websites (in the sidebar) also added to our knowledge and motivation. Most were just plain enjoyable!


Our "core resources" include Doug Tallamy's two books. We've been delighted to have seen Dr. Tallamy's presentations in person four times, but if people don't have an opportunity to see him in person, an amazing number of video presentations are available on YouTube (primarily because he's very generous in sharing his presentations).

As of Sept. 2015, I've found these YouTube videos available:

Short videos

EcoBeneficial Tips and Interviews with Doug Tallamy in his garden:

The Organic View: Doug Tallamy explains how to recognize and remove poison ivy (2015) - 19 min.

Across the Fence: Doug Tallamy (2013) - 5 min

Univ. of Delaware: Doug Tallamy on Sustainable Landscaping (2013) - 2 min

Meadowscaping: Doug Tallamy (2011) - 4 min

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Bringing Nature Home (2013) - 6 min

Central Texas Gardener: Bringing Nature Home (2015) - 10 min

Delmarva Almanac: Native plants in fall gardening (2015) - 7 min.

Jens Jenson: Doug Tallamy interview (2015) - 3 min.

DuPage Wild Ones Chapter: Landscaping Prescription (2014) - 8 min.

Trees Forever: On Atala Butterfly in Florida (2014) - 3 min.

NY Invasives: Case against novel ecosystems (2013) - 20 min

National Research Council: Urban Forestry 13 The role of urban forests in biodiversity restoration (2013) - 21 min.

Piedmont Env Council: Did invasives-damaged trees cause more power outages from superstorm Sandy? (2012) - 1 min.

Full-length video presentations

Tennessee Valley Wild Ones:

Univ. Delaware Earth Perfect: Why We need more natives in our gardens (2013) - 1 hr 8 min.

Trees Forever:

St. Johns Riverkeeper: Bringing Nature Home (2014) - 59 min

Butler University: Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis through Landscape Connectivity (2011) - 1 hr 6 min

PA Forestry: Bringing Home the Natives - 1 hr 4 min

College of the Atlantic:

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute: Restoring nature by restoring food webs at home (2015) - 1 hr. 6 min

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful: Going Native 2 (2014) - 50 min

Journals and magazines

Wild Ones JournalThe Wild Ones Journal, a publication of Wild Ones

The Wild Ones Journal published by Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

The Wild Ones Journal articles are sometimes written by scientists like Douglas Tallamy (see especially Gardening for Life) and sometimes written by fellow citizens working to create a home landscape that promotes a healthy environment and preserves biodiversity. (Some of my articles have appeared in this journal.)

It's always good to have solid information presented by professionals, but I've been especially inspired by the work of my fellow citizens.

The Wild Ones Journal is sent to Wild Ones members six times a year. It's chock-full of inspiration, information, and ideas on landscaping with native plants. Articles include how-to plan, create, and maintain your native landscape at your home, school or workplace. Other articles help you overcome common problems with invasive plants, or tell how others have dealt with neighbors and municipal officials. Stories of chapter activities and projects at schools and nature centers provide ideas you can use in your area.

The Wild Ones Journal is a benefit of being a member of Wild Ones. Join today, whether or not you have a chapter nearby, and you'll receive this bimonthly publication.

Woodlands and Prairies

Woodlands and Prairies Magazine with Mrs. Woods published by Wood River Communications

Woodlands and Prairies Magazine with Mrs. Woods is a grassroots maagzine published four times a year. It's full of stories of people being good stewards of their land—both woodlands and prairies/meadows. Its tagline is "About caring for your piece of this Good Earth." Gorgeous photography, too! To subscribe …

Books we've found useful

Wasowski's Landscaping Revolution

The Landscaping Revolution: Garden With Mother Nature, Not Against Her by Andy Wasowski

This is the first book I read on the topic; it started me on the path I've followed ever since. It includes a little about a wide range of topics in an enjoyable, often humorous, way.

Redesigning the American Lawn by L. Herbert Bormann

Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony by L. Herbert Bormann

Scientifically sound, coming out of Yale's Environmental Science department, this book offers many, many scientifically-sound reasons for reducing lawn. He offers the concept of the Freedom Lawn as an alternative to conventional lawns, which he terms the Industrial Lawn.

Insects and Gardens by Eric Grissell

Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology by Eric Grissell

This is the book that first alerted me to the importance of insects in the garden. More than that, Grissell helped me appreciate that the best course of action is to let the insects sort things out themselves. There is so much going on "behind the scenes" in the garden that we cannot hope to interfere intelligently. As I reread it, I again appreciate how much he influenced my attitudes toward stewardship of my yard. I like his curmudgeonly wit, too!

He seems to have a blind spot regarding native plants, but this was written long before Tallamy's research showing the necessity of native plants for insects, and therefore for the rest of the ecosystem.

101 Ways to Help Birds

101 Ways to Help Birds by Laura Erickson

The author, Laura Erickson, is the host of the radio program "For the Birds."

The title might imply that it simply lists 101 things to do, but the book actually develops each idea very thoroughly. It is a book of substance, but very readable. I've read a number of things about bird conservation over the years, but I learned new things from this book.

Requiem for a Lawnmower

Requiem for a Lawnmower: Gardening in a Warmer, Drier World by Sally Wasowski and Andy Wasowski

For some reason, this book hasn't gotten much publicity, but I thought it included a lot of useful and interesting ideas, both practical and phiilosophical.

For example, I liked the way she explained how to plant a woodland: throw some stones at random into the yard and plant trees where they fall so they would be in a sufficiently random, natural pattern.

Suburban Safari

Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn by Hannah Holmes

An interesting account describing a year during which the author focused on what was happening in her yard. The cover is misleading since one of the main "characters" is a pet chipmunk. The person who selected the photo cover (over which authors have no control) obviously didn't know the difference between chipmunks and squirrels or hadn't read the book.

Botany in a Day

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas Elpel

I don't know about the "in a day" part, but thebook's plant identification concept is sound. The idea is to learn to identify patterns of plant families. A classic for good reason—it's hard for a layperson to learn this information otherwise, and knowing plant families helps enormously. It not only helps you identify plants, but also increases your enjoyment of the various plants.

Kimmerer: Gathering Moss

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Kimmerer

This award-winning book by a local botany professor tells the story of moss. You'll never take moss for granted after reading this book!

Benyus: Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats

Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States by Janine Benyus

Rather than being a guide to particular flowers, trees, or various types of wildlife, this is a guide to the whole habitat. It was enlightening since we're trying to create a habitat, providing as many habitat features as possible. For example, she points out that vertical structure, horizontal structure, edge, and so on are important characteristics. This book addresses the Eastern U.S., which was great for us, but there's a version for the Western U.S., too.