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Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded Paperback – Apr 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Updated, Expanded ed. edition (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929928
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Tallamy takes an obvious observation—wildlife is threatened when suburban development encroaches on once wild lands—and weds it to a novel one: that beneficial insects are being deprived of essential food resources when suburban gardeners exclusively utilize nonnative plant material. Such an imbalance, Tallamy declares, can lead to a weakened food chain that will no longer be able to support birds and other animal life. Once embraced only by members of the counterculture, the idea of gardening with native plants has been landscape design's poor stepchild, thought to involve weeds and other plants too unattractive for pristine suburban enclaves. Not so, says Tallamy, who presents compelling arguments for aesthetically pleasing, ecologically healthy gardening. With nothing less than the future of North American biodiversity at stake, Tallamy imparts an encouraging message: it's not too late to save the ecosystem-sustaining matrix of insects and animals, and the solution is as easy as replacing alien plants with natives. Haggas, Carol --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“A fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times
 
“Provides the rationale behind the use of native plants, a concept that has rapidly been gaining momentum...The text makes a case for native plants and animals in a compelling and complete fashion.” —The Washington Post

“This is the ‘it’ book in certain gardening circles. It’s really struck a nerve.” —Virginia A. Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Reading this book will give you a new appreciation of the natural world—and how much wild creatures need gardens that mimic the disappearing wild.” —The Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“A compelling argument for the use of native plants in gardens and landscapes.” —Landscape Architecture
 
“An essential guide for anyone interested in increasing biodiversity in the garden.” —American Gardener

“I want to mention how excited I am about reading Bringing Nature Home...I like the writing—enthusiastic and down-to-earth, as it should be.” —Elizabeth Licata, Garden Rant

“An informative and engaging account of the ecological interactions between plants and wildlife, this fascinating handbook explains why exotic plants can hinder and confuse native creatures, from birds and bees to larger fauna.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
“Tallamy explains eloquently how native plant species depend on native wildlife.” —San Luis Obispo Tribune
 
“will persuade all of us to take a look at what is in our own yards with an eye to how we, too, can make a difference. It has already changed me.” —Traverse City Record-Eagle
 
“delivers an important message for all gardeners: Choosing native plants fortifies birds and other wildlife and protects them from extinction.” —WildBird Magazine
 


"Buy, borrow, or steal this book! It is essential reading with ideas that need to become part of our understanding of how life works on this planet."

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An important book - it has changed the way I think of gardens and and I how I judge their beauty. Ornamentals that I once prized now fall short of the mark - they look pretty but have no depth. They don't "do" anything. The formerly "unattractive" swamp milkweed that was relegated to the far corner of the yard has now captured my imagination - it played host to a half-dozen monarch caterpillars this past summer. It was the first time I'd seen a Monarch in three years! The "boring" wild cherry tree is now my favourite because of its super-role as a host in my yard - not least of which is the swarm of swallowtail butterflies that sip from the lilac tree. The "so-so" echinops were crawling with bumblebees, including a rare yellow-banded bumblebee. I now tolerate imperfection because it means there's life in my garden and food for the beneficial insects that keep the pests in check. When I see my neighbours rake up leaves and put them on the curb I help myself to the bounty and shake my head at their foolishness for putting so much work into discarding garden gold. I planted several new natives and nativars this past summer and can't wait to see what they bring. I have snakes and toads and even the odd turtle up from the stream, countless birds that I've never seen before. I'm now a gardener of all the life that inhabits my yard, and my garden is glorious. Buy this book. It will change the way you garden and how you perceive the beauty in it.
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Extremely interesting book, calmy and scientificaly explains the impacts of our gardening choices and methods. An insight on our impact on the environment!
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The themes are well researched and thought out and the vision is a slap to the forehead. Dr. Talamy writes in a straight forward, entertaining style. Even though I am from a cooler region than pennsylvania, the principles involved still translate the same.
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This is a startlingly readable book, considering it's about science and I always struggle with books about science. It's well-written, interesting, thoughtful, and it makes sense to me. I highly recommend it - I've read nine chapters so far, and it's changing my entire perspective and approach to gardening.
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