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Best Books on Native Gardening

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

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If you're passionate about gardening and interested in preserving the natural biodiversity of your area, then native gardening might be for you.

Not only does this help to preserve the local ecosystem, but it also makes for a stunningly beautiful garden.

However, knowing where to start can be daunting.

That's why we've compiled a list of the best books on native gardening to help you start your journey toward a more sustainable and vibrant garden.

Let's dive right in!


Disclosure: All products featured are independently selected by the Kentucky Native Plants Project. However, we may earn a commission when you buy something through our retail links. Please read our full disclosure for more info.

planting in a post wild world

Planting in a Post-Wild World

Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

"Planting in a Post-Wild World" has been well-received by professionals and casual gardeners alike. The authors present a philosophy of planting design inspired by natural plant communities and provide clear and practical guidance on creating sustainable, beautiful landscapes. Their writing is poetic and persuasive, and the stunning photos throughout the book make it a joy to read and take inspiration from. We highly recommend this book to anyone interested in sustainable landscaping or seeking inspiration to create a more vibrant, ecologically connected garden.

Format: Hardcover

Published: October 07, 2015

the living landscape

The Living Landscape

Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

"The Living Landscape" is a must-read for anyone interested in sustainable gardening practices. This insightful and inspiring book guides the creation of beautiful and functional landscapes that support the local ecosystem, highlighting the interconnectedness of all living things. The authors' stunning photography and practical tips for incorporating native plants and wildlife habitats into your garden make this book a valuable resource for gardeners and nature lovers alike.

Format: Hardcover

Published: July 01, 2014

garden revolution

Garden Revolution

Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher

"Garden Revolution" is an essential reference for conservation-minded gardeners who want to create ecologically sensitive landscapes. The authors show us how to work with nature rather than against it, providing practical advice and plant lists for every climate and region. The authors' deep knowledge of plant ecology and experiential wisdom will inspire and guide any gardener interested in creating a healthier landscape.

Format: Hardcover

Published: May 18, 2016

designing gardens with flora of the american east

Gardening for the Birds

Thomas G. Barnes

"Gardening for the Birds" is an extensive and practical guide that helps urban and suburban gardeners attract a variety of wildlife to their yards. The step-by-step approach provided in the book allows city dwellers to create a wildlife-friendly environment that welcomes birds, butterflies, and other outdoor creatures. With its wealth of Kentucky-specific information and regional tips, this book is invaluable for anyone looking to enhance their wildlife observations and contribute to conservation efforts in an urban setting.

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 19, 1998

climate wise landscaping 2nd edition

Climate-Wise Landscaping, 2nd Edition

Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

"Climate-Wise Landscaping" offers practical steps for individuals to take in their landscapes and gardens to help combat climate change. The book includes information on mindful landscaping to shrink our carbon footprint, create cleaner air and water, maximize resource efficiency, and support wildlife. The book's second edition is timely as climate change continues to intensify globally. It has received praise for its user-friendly design, current and science-based information, and the positive and hopeful story of how people can use their imagination and ingenuity to create more resilient landscapes.

Format: Paperback

Published: (Pre-order) September 05, 2023


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