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Tallamy takes an obvious observationwildlife is threatened when suburban development encroaches on once wild landsand 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.
"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."
"This book aims to motivate parents and caregivers who are concerned about childrens' lack of connection to the outdoors."
Bringing Nature Home opens our eyes to an environmental problem of staggering proportions. Fortunately, it also shows us how we can help.
You can look at this book as a manifesto explaining why we should favor native plants, but it’s much more than that. It’s a plan to sustain the endangered biodiversity and even more, it’s a plan to transform suburbia from an environmental liability to an environmental asset.
This updated and expanded edition … is a delight to read and a most needed resource."
"This is the 'it' book in certain gardening circles. It's really struck a nerve."
"My book of choice of the year."
An inspirational call to action! I heard the author's wonderful keynote at the 2015 Midwest Birding Symposium. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bluepurr5
Great book and well written on why natives and how to make our differences in the world.Published 13 days ago by Rusty W. Schmidt
Everyone should read this book. It is so well-written, informative and will give you new perspective on how much you can do, just by buying, planting & supporting more native... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Karen Johnson
I heard Douglas Tallamy on NPR a while back and was mesmerized, and decided to get his book. So glad I did, even though I've been doing most of these things for over 40 years, one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara G. Hite
If more people would read Tallamy's book, gardeners and non-gardeners alike, we'd all (us humans and everyone/thing else alive around us) be so much better off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Merrill G. David