Native Plant and Pollinator Books

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Native plants and pollinators are the magnets that hold the fabric of biodiversity together. Here are some titles that will provide a deeper look at the role that they both play in our landscapes and how to create beautiful, lively yards where both native plants and pollinators thrive.

Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants

Author(s): Barbara Eisenstein
Publication Date: August, 2016
Description: For too long our suburban and urban areas have been dominated by nonnative, non-biodiverse lawn. Eisenstein takes on the challenge of helping readers transform such spaces, those void of complex ecological relationships, into humming, alive landscapes by using native plants and encouraging people to adopt a richer sense of place in their gardens.

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Mason Bee Revolution: How the hardest working bees can save the world one backyard at a time

Author(s): Dave Hunter and Jill Lightner
Publication Date: April, 2016
Description: These authors are committed to understanding and educating others on the benefits of mason bees as a way to increase our pollination services at home and in large-scale agriculture. As a founder of, David Hunter works tirelessly to design bee houses that mason and leafcutter bees can utilize in backyards and communities. Learn how to put these bees to work for you.

The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design An Abundant, Flower-filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

Author(s): Kate Frey, Gretchen LeBuhn and Leslie Lindell
Publication Date: February, 2016
Description: Written by two leading bee experts–clear, concise, and colorful information is provided on how to support native bees and honeybees with the plants you choose for your yards.

Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators

Author(s): Rhonda Fleming Hayes
Publication Date: January, 2016
Description: Pollinators are facing unprecedented challenges. This book provides tips for how to create yards that support, not hinder, our pollinator companions–complete with plant recommendations, hardscape suggestions, and information on building natural and manmade habitat.

Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

Author(s): Heather Holm
Publication Date: January, 2014
Description: This gorgeous book is a must for anyone committed to protecting native pollinators by encouraging native plants in all ecoregions. The book begins with an in-depth look at pollination and continues by examining our major pollinators in North America. The best feature of the book is that a large percentage of it is dedicated to recommendations for specific landscape types such as, urban/suburban, agriculture, etc.

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Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants

Author(s): Douglas W. Tallamy and Rick Darke
Publication Date: September, 2009
Description: Tallamy seminal book covers everything you need to know about the “why” and “how” of going native in your garden. Bursting with color photographs of “bird food” (i.e., insects) and helpful how-tos, this book will make proponents of seed feeders rethink their means of provisioning birds. This book is full of real science (including specific regional guides to native plants and a table of butterfly/moth host plants), making even the most casual gardener feel like an ecologist.