Erin Markel's Reviews > Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy
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Feb 12, 2012

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This book makes a compelling case for how gardening with native species can turn sterile suburban yards into refuges for wildlife. Native species provide food for insect larvae in ways that nonnative species can't, and the larvae are themselves important food sources for birds and other wildlife. Tallamy, an entomologist at the University of Delaware, explains the science behind all of this in a way that is both accurate and accessible. The book's appendices include lists of the host plants of specific butterflies and moths as well as lists of species native to particular regions of the US. A must-read for the ecologically-minded gardener.

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