Most of the following books and pamphlets are available at the MBG bookshop. Native insects need native plants. They cannot survive on alien plants. We, in turn, cannot survive without the pollinator services that these native insects provide. Tallamy empowers every homeowner to pitch in and save biodiversity one yard at a time. Douglas W. Tallamy. Bringing Nature Home. How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. Timber Press, 2007.

In addition to an interview with Professor Tallamy, this website also has basic lists of woody and herbaceous plants that are beneficial to insects. He also includes a link to the original spreadsheet with extensive data on the relative benefits of native plants to non-natives. Other interviews with Tallamy by Barbara Lucas of “The Green Room TV Show” can be found by scrolling down to December 6, 2011 and then to September 7, 2010.

What and Where to Plant.
The Natural Area Preservation Division of the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department developed this series of substantial brochures:

  • Your Landscape and Our Natural Areas
  • Native Wildflowers of Southeastern Michigan
  • Native Trees of Southeastern Michigan
  • Native Shrubs of Southeastern Michigan
  • Native Vines, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns

Informative Blog
Rick Meader has been writing about native plants and landscapes regularly for the various iterations of Ann Arbor’s newspaper/website. He has now moved his talents to his own website, and his blog can be accessed at:

Bee Basics
A good introduction to the topic native bees is provided in a USDA publication titled Bee Basics. It is a wonderful introduction to pollination and to the major groups of bees that are native to North America. Since native plants and native bees have evolved together for thousands of years, there are many fascinating adaptations between them. The illustrations (by Steve Buchanan) are gorgeous. The text (by Beatriz Moissot and Stephen Buchmann) is a terrific introduction, although not focused on the Great Lakes region. (Submitted by Mark Charles)