Gardening and Ecology: Recommended Books

Many more valuable books and websites about native plants are found on the Native Plant Information page.

Understanding Native Plants and Using them in the Landscape

On Pollinators, Insects & Birds

Classic Books: Truly Enjoyable

  • The Native Landscape Reader
    Edited by Robert E. Grese. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.
    A compendium of more than 40 essays from the nineteenth to early twentieth century, written by noted conservationists, landscape architects, and horticulturists. Essential history and context for the issue today.
  • Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards
    Sarah Stein. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993.
    A seminal book about gardening from an ecological perspective. It laid much of the groundwork for today's renewed awareness of native plants and attention to the ecological importance of our managed landscapes.

More Good Books on the Ecological Impact of Our Gardens

Valuable  Websites

  • Soil Biology Primer — USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Teeming with both stable and decomposing organic matter and living organisms— bacteria, mychorrhizal fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and worms— soils form their own complex ecosystems. This website on the basics of soils is fairly comprehensive, and provides just a start for understanding what we need to know.