Bookshelf and Film Library

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Wild Ones River City Chapter Recommended Resources

A Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants in Michigan?s Natural Communities, MSU (download at invasive species/publications)

Bees of the Great Lakes Region and Wildflowers to support them: A guide for farmers, gardeners and landscapers, MSU Extension, 2015  ( choose ?Extension Service bookstore?, enter book title in Search)

Barnes, Burton, Christopher Dick, and Melanie Gunn, Michigan Shrubs and Vines, University of Michigan Press, 2016

Edelman, Charlotte and Bernard L. Schwartz, The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, An Illustrated Guide, Ohio University Press, 2011

Holm, Heather, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, Pollination Press LLC, 2017

Holm, Heather, Pollinators of Native Plants, Pollination Press, Pollination Press LLC, 2014

Leopold, Aldo A Sand County Almanac, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 1968

Mader, Eric, Matthew Shepard et al. Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting America?s Bees and Butterflies, Storey Publishing, Xerces Society, 2011

Newcomb, Lawrence, Newcomb?s Wildflower Guide, Little Brown and Co, 1977

Small, Nancy and Tom, Using Native Plants to Restore Community in Southwest Michigan and Beyond, Cushing-Malloy, Inc., 2011

*Steiner, Lynn M., Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan, Voyageur Press, 2006

*Tallamy, Douglas W., Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Timberland Press, 2009

*Tekiela, Stan, Wildflowers of Michigan Field Guide, Adventure Publications, 2000 (Recommended for beginners)

*Available from Kent District Library

Click the link below to download a pdf of the resource list.

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Educational Films for Members

Our chapter has a library of informative films that are available for members to borrow.

To borrow a film email:

Urban & Suburban MeadowsBringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces (DVD) – This film offers interviews by several experts in meadow and prairie establishment. Learn about design, site prep., planting and maintenance of these lawn alternatives.

Jens Jensen – The Living Green (DVD) – The history of how this famous Landscape Architect  and pioneering conservationist  used nature as his model  and came to be known as the “Dean of the American Style” of garden design.

America’s Lost Landscape -Tall Grass Prairies (DVD) – This visually beautiful film explores the history of how our country?s Tallgrass Prairie disappeared in the early part of this century and outlines the efforts being taken to help restore this special ecosystem.

Toward Harmony with Nature (DVD) – Dr. Doug Tallamy, popular national speaker on the importance of native plants and their connection to the food chain and author of Bringing Nature Home,- lectures on “The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards” and “Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors.”

Gardening For LifeSharing Our Yards With Creatures Great & Small (DVD) – Dr. Doug Tallamy lecture filmed at Kalamazoo Nature Center during a gardening for nature workshop held in 2008. A panel discussion follows the presentation.

Wild About Wildflowers (DVD) – This video was produced by National Wild Ones Center and provides information and advice on how to get started and maintain a native wildflower garden.