Resources for promoting Habitat Gardens/ Sustainable Landscapes


Articles of Interest

  1. Check out Pat Sutton’s website for lots of articles of interest –
  2. New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants  Findings Give Landowners a Simple Road Map to Provide Essential Habitat for Breeding Birds
  3. Nonnative Plants: Ecological Traps?
  4. Redefining Curb Appeal by Tom Oder
  5. The Natural Web  a blog by naturalist and local educator, Mary Anne Borge from Lambertville Goes Wild.
  6. Weedy to Wonderful: Creating a wildlife-friendly garden that even the neatnik neighbors can love by Janet Marinelli in Gardening, March 27, 2018

Great Reads

listed by author

  • Adams, George.  Gardening for the Birds:  How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard.  Portland, Oregon:  Timber Press, 2013.
  • Burrell, C. Colston.  Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants.  Brooklyn:  Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 2006.
  • Hemenway, Toby.  Gaia’s Garden:  A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture.  White River Junction, Vermont:  Chelsea Green Publishing, 2000.
    Not focused primarily on wildlife, but an excellent introduction to ecology and sustainable food gardening (including chapters on soil life and helpful animals).
  • Collins, Beryl Robichaud, and Karl H. Anderson, Plant Communities of New Jersey:  A Study in Landscape Diversity.  New Brunswick:  Rutgers University Press, 1994.
    An analysis of different types of natural plant communities in New Jersey (with plant lists and basic ecological information).
  • Kingsbury, Noël.  Natural Gardening in Small Spaces.  Portland, Oregon:  Timber Press, 2003.
  • Kingsolver, Barbara, The Poisonwood Bible.
  • Leopold, Donald J.  Native Plants of the Northeast:  A Guide for Gardening & Conservation.  Portland, Oregon:  Timber Press, 2005.
    Detailed descriptions of hundreds of native ferns, grasses, wildflowers, vines, shrubs, and trees.
  • Rainier, Thomas and West, Claudia.  Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.  Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2015.
  • Stein, Sara.  Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards.  New York:  Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
    The meditative memoir of a woman who put her back yard back in harmony with nature.  See our book review
  • Summers, Carolyn.  Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010.  Reasons to garden with native plants and how to incorporate them into popular garden designs.  See our book review.
  • Tallamy, Douglas W.  Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded edition. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2015.
  • Tallamy, Douglas W. and Darke, Rick. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2014.
  • Weaner, Larry, and Thomas Christopher. Garden Revolution:  How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change.  Portland, Oregon:  Timber Press, 2016.

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