Bringing Nature Home
How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
by Dr. Doug Tallamy
Dr. Doug Tallamy, who has done the hard work to support our contention that natives are most likely to be beneficial for the largest number of insects and birds. Studying plant-eating insects, necessary for feeding baby birds, (without which we have…. No birds), he finds the data overwhelmingly in support of native plants. He and his graduate students are doing the studies we need to back up and support our work. It doesn’t matter that he’s a professor in Delaware, the principles still apply here in California. For the many of us with eastern roots, it’s fascinating to get this take on the landscaping we grew up with.