Bringing Nature Home – How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants – Book Giveaway

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Occasionally a book revolutionizes my thought.  I find myself changing little by little as the pages turn, and by the close of the cover, I know I’ll be thinking differently from now on.  So was the case with Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy.  Sure, I knew all those wondrous woodland plants my mother pointed out to me as a child were important.  But I didn’t understand why – at least not to the depth I do now!  Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants is filled with gorgeous color photographs and inspiring text that is not only overflowing with Douglas Tallamy’s infectious love of nature, but with ideas of which I quickly adapted.

I’ve been wanting to add more natives to my garden.  I have said numerous times that, although I love herbs and searching for them in the woods and fields, I’m a lousy gardener.  About the time I started reading this book, I had added a few natives to my front garden, a spot infamous among the neighborhood for being filled with limp and unattractive species that are not fit for the shady little plot.  But the natives I added took off!  Why?  They belong there, that’s why!  In that soil, with those bugs and birds and animals.  While progressing through Bringing Nature Home, I gained a deeper understanding of how it all works – how, as Americans, we tend to love our lush green and weedless lawns, and how our native bugs depend on those weeds and native plants to survive.  Without the bugs and caterpillars, we have no butterflies.  Our songbirds have nothing proper to eat and so on.  Sure, alien ornamental trees and plants may be bug resistant, but what good is that to our land’s very necessary bugs?  And are our alien plants really bug resistant?  (See my tirades involving non-native Japanese Beetles and the death of my Asian plum trees!)

I also learned that, to my surprise, I actually found Tallamy’s discussion of bugs fascinating!  I found the entire book fascinating.  His enthusiasm for nature, and for helping restore our country’s biodiversity, is contagious and hopeful.  He doesn’t point fingers and make the reader feel our long history of gardening with alien species is all doom and gloom or irreversible.  He doesn’t suggest gardeners across the country rip up their beloved non-native plants either.  He does suggest we begin adding those natives back in, and he tells you how to do it easily and effectively, all the while building a gorgeous yard filled with butterflies, songbirds, and LIFE.  

I’m very happy to be able to offer THREE copies of the fascinating and beautiful book, Bringing Nature Home.  ($17.95 retail) If you have a garden, whether it be big or small, this book is a must-have.  

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183 thoughts on “Bringing Nature Home – How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants – Book Giveaway

  1. I learned around 40,000 alien specoes of plants and animals have colonized North America.

  2. I clicked the map of the US and found what will grow best in my area and even some deer resistant ones.

  3. I learned the Actias Luna serves as an important source of food for birds, bats, and other creatures. Interesting.

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  4. It’s logical and fascinating that many species of plants equal many species of animal. Of course, the more plants to provide food, air and homes for animals, the more animals we’ll have!

  5. I learned Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware

  6. Quote, “imagine the restored landscape that could result from everyone’s cumulative efforts”. I have a very small yard in Florida yet the plant and animal diversity is remarkable. I don’t use pesticides of any kind. My neighbors use lawncare services that heavily use pesticides and I see that it is toxic.

  7. I learned that even though I have a very small yard I can still make an impact collectively by planting some native plants to provide shelter for animals.

  8. I learned that native plants are drought & disease resistant. Please include me in your giveaway.

  9. By gardening with native plants — no matter where you live or how small or large your space is — you can help sustain wildlife.

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  11. I learned that Douglas Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has written more than 65 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects.

  12. Biodiversity is a renewable resource that is easy to increase by choosing native plants

  13. I learned that it is crucial to keep noncontributing alien species from displacing the native plants and animals that play a critical role in the ecosystem

  14. I learned that about 50000 alien species of plants and animals have colonized North America.

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