Book Review: "Bringing Nature Home"

What is a native plant, really? Why should we care? And what should be done about the undeniable fact that many, many nonnative, invasive plants are taking up 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 their native terrirtories. University of Delaware entomologist Douglas Tallamy explains how to think about native species of all sorts. One of the major values in this book is how Tallamy shows, in everyday language, that the ecological functioning of an area depends on our individual plant selections and planting practices.

He also provides a useful regional guide to native species and how they support the local web of life. This book is highly informative, easy to read, and inspiring. Well done and highly recommended.