Bringing Nature Home (Douglas W. Tallamy)
Dr. Tallamy, an entomologist at the University of Delaware, wrote Bringing Nature Home as a manifesto to suburban gardeners to help them make decisions based not just on their garden’s appearance, but also how their gardens affect biodiversity and populations of insects, birds, and other mammals. We have all seen the over-development of suburbia and the extent to which this development has ravaged our land, but Dr. Tallamy and his students have discovered legitimate scientific data to show us the link between native plants, beneficial insects, and native wildlife populations. While it may seem irreversible to some of us, Tallamy sends an encouraging message that the damage done to our landscapes is fixable and that the garden is the place to start. This book has a wonderful mix of scientific data and horticultural expertise along with a clear message to all of us gardeners: that the spaces we create can be beautiful and can have a lasting impact in our ecosystems. Tallamy’s book will change the way you look at gardening and should be required reading for all gardeners. Check it out at the Scott Arboretum library!