Bringing Nature Home
How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded
Douglas W. Tallamy
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
“If you cut down the goldenrod, the wild black cherry, the milkweed and other natives, you eliminate the larvae, and starve the birds. This simple revelation about the food web—and it is an intricate web, not a chain—is the driving force in Bringing Nature Home.” —The New York Times
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.
I read the paperback version of this book last year. It made me see local ecology and it's relationship to biodiversity in a whole new light. Someday, when I have my own little piece of Planet Earth to potter in, I shall reread it before coming up with a new landscaping plan. I can hardly wait!
I knew native and local was the way to go. I just didn't realize quite how important it was. This book was a real eye opener.
Now I know
I have been growing native plants for quite a few years to attract pollinators and because they are easy to grow. Reading Doug's book gave me a deeper 'why' behind why I do it and how important it is to the birds and insecs. It is a complex issue, but I understand it better. I rarely plant alien plants now and have been expanding my meadow each year and am amazed at how beautiful it is. His book made me decide to kill off the perennial vinca once and for all before it gets out of hand.
Changed the way I plant
I am a Master Gardener, but I needed to read this book to discover my passion for gardening to sustain wildlife with native plants. Just 2 years after viewing one of Tallamy’s presentations on a CD (which then inspired me to buy this book in hardcopy), I have re-introduced native plants to my NC yard and gardens. Now I need to learn more about entomology so that I can identify all the new bugs I’m seeing! Every day I’m learning more and more! I donated my hardcopy to our Master Gardener office and bought an electronic copy for my own reference. Now if only Tallamy’s latest work, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beautify and Biodiversity in the Home Garden ( in collaboration with Rick Darke), were available electronically I’d do the same with my new hardcopy of that book! Both are wonderful!!