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All of the books here are valuable resources for learning. While this list is long, we have not included every publication on the subject of native plant landscaping, but only those we feel are the most useful, well researched, and based on sound ecological science. Enjoy your reading!
The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
This newest book by Doug Tallamy is a total delight— rich in fascinating ecological detail and brilliantly organized. Written in chapters organized by the months of the year makes for a relaxed and very accessible read. We are treated to a steady sequence of ecosystem relationships throughout the seasons, making the complexity of this genus seem almost simple; yet it is simultaneously clear that the impact of Quercus on biodiversity is quite profound. Tallamy is, of course, the consummate teacher. His clear prose and straight-up presentation make the book a much more interesting read than it would have been if organized by botanical characteristics instead— yet his success is no surprise. We know well what a good writer he is.
Doug has been imploring all of us to plant more oaks since he first wrote Bringing Nature Home fourteen years ago, steadily teaching us about the importance of this keystone species. If he has not convinced you yet, reading this book surely will. Over the past year many new and really good books about native plants have been published, and this is one not to be missed.