Doug Tallamy’s Bestselling Nature Books

Doug Tallamy, nationally recognized University of Delaware entomologist and longtime Fishers Island Conservancy consultant, has written two bestselling books describing in detail how everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants.

Nature’s Best Hope, published in 2020, is described as “a handbook for not only transforming your own yard, but talking to your neighbors…and your town councilors about connecting one green haven to another to build wildlife corridors that become, as Tallamy puts it, a Homegrown National Park.”—Anne Raver, award-winning columnist and author of Deep in the Green.

“Tallamy is one of the most original and persuasive present-day authors on conservation.” —Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Bringing Nature Home, published in 2009, is, according to The New York Times, “a fascinating study of the trees, shrubs and vines that feed the insects, birds and other animals in the suburban garden.”

In this book, Doug Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife: Native insects will not eat non-native plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals.