Restoring Nature's Relationships at Home

Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Delaware; Author of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape

March 2016

Doug Tallamy is well-known as one of the leading advocates for restoring native plant landscapes everywhere. In this talk he focuses on the need to make our residential landscapes truly living ecosystems once again. To help us achieve this outcome, he explores the specialized co-evolutionary relationships that make plants and animals interdependent, giving us detailed and wonderful examples. He shows us how these relationships determine the stability and complexity of local food webs, providing food for birds, dispersing bloodroot seeds, pollinating wildflowers, and much more. This knowledge equips us to knowingly select plants and to construct landscapes that restore nature’s relationships at home.

Doug Tallamy is a Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Delaware. His groundbreaking book, Bringing Nature Home, was published in 2007 and continues to have national impact. Among many awards, it was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. In 2014, he co-authored The Living Landscape with Rick Darke. His newest book, Nature's Best Hope, is being released in 2020. Dr. Tallamy has authored or co-authored more than 80 research papers, and his conservation work and science-based advocacy for native plants has earned him international acclaim.