Book Review: "Bringing Nature Home"

If you've got your ear to the ground in gardening and environmental circles, you've surely heard the rumblings that result from any discussion of native plants. What is a native plant, really? Why should we care? And what should be done about the undeniable fact that many, many invasive plants are taking up more and more space--and the ecological niches--of native plants worldwide?

"Bringing Nature Home" helps the nonscientist understand the roles and values of native species of plants, animals and insects in a location. University of Delaware professor Douglas Tallamy defines his approach to the controversial subject of native species--an approach that most would call that of a purist--and spends much of the book explaining why his definition is a worthwhile and important one.

The real value of this book, however, is how Tallamy shows the average person that ecological functioning of an area will depend more and more on our individual plant selections and planting practices as time goes on. He also provides a useful regional guide to native species and how they support the local web of life. This book is both highly informative and easy to read, as well as uplifting and inspiring. Well done and highly recommended.