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RECOMMENDED BOOKS - Northeast

 
   
 
 
   
     
 
 

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States
by Peter Alden
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

An easy-to-use guide that provides illustrated descriptions of plants native to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia. This versatile guide also provides illustrated description of birds, mammals and other local wildlife native to the local plant communities. Over 1300 quality phographs and a listing of parks, preserves and sanctuaries where you might find native plants. 448 pp.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England
by Peter Alden
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Similar to the Mid-Atlantic guide, this is an easy-to-use guide that provides illustrated descriptions of plants native to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This versatile guide also provides illustrated description of birds, mammals and other local wildlife native to the local plant communities. Over 1300 quality phographs and a listing of parks, preserves and sanctuaries where you might find native plants.
448 pp.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Native Plants of the Northeast
by Donald Leopold
Published by: Timber Press

Nearly seven hundred species of native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers from the northeastern quarter of the United States and all of eastern Canada are included in this "Guide for Gardening and Conservation."

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Gardening to Conserve Maine's Native Landscape: Plants to Use and Plants to Avoid
Published by: Univesity of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Land Grant University of the state of Maine and the US Department of Agriculture.

This pamphlet features a chart of recommended native Maine plants, including trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers, flowering plants, and ferns. A separate list details some plants most invasive to Maine.

Available at: Maine Natural Areas Program, Department of Conservation, 93 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0093, Tel: 207.287.8041, www.state.me.us/doc/nrimc/mnap/home.htm. To request a copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.

 
     
 
 

Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing and Propagating North American Woody Plants
by William Cullina
Published by: Houghton Mifflin

Written in the same informative, easy-to-read tone comes this companion book to "Growing and Propagating Wildflowers." The encyclopedia includes almost 1000 plants listed alphabetically by genus and then species, and provides information, propagation methods, and color photographs for each plant. While the encyclopedia makes up the bulk of the text, there are also lists of native alternatives to invasive plants and sources of native plants.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

American Plants for American Gardens
by Edith A. Roberts and Elsa Rehmann
Published by: University of Georgia Press

Originally published as a magazine series in the 1920's, this is one of the first popular books to promote the use of native plants in gardening and landscaping. Focusing on plants of the northeastern U.S., the book discusses natural groupings, or associations, of native plants, and provides practical information on the design and maintenance of residential, school, office, park, and roadside landscapes.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Trees: Eastern Region
by Elbert L. Little
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Covering 364 species of trees from the eastern seaboard to central Texas and the Rockies, this guide features over 900 photographs organized by leaf/needle-shape fruit, flower or cone, and autumn color, for maximum ease in tree-identification. The book also includes species identification keys and range maps.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Enhancing Your Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
by Peter M. Picone, Urban Wildlife Biologist
Published by: the Connectict Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division

This short, easy-to-use guide contains examples of urban, suburban, and rural lots that were improved for wildlife using habitat assessment techniques followed by improvement through habitat management practices. The reader is presented with a practical approach for assessing wildlife habitat by using habitat components and looking at the seasonal availability of wildlife foods. The well-organized text is accompanied by plentiful photographs, charts and illustrations.

Available at: the Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Natural Resources, Tel: 860.675.8130 (Pete Picone)

 
     
 
 

New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada
by William Cullina
Published by: Houghton Mifflin

Cullina, nursery manager and propagator at the Garden in the Woods of the New England Wild Flower Society, profiles more than a thousand species of flowers: their native habitats, cultural requirements, propagation methods, and design considerations, all in a tone that is technical but light and easy to read. Color photographs illustrate his descriptions. The book also discusses ecological gardening and provides lists of plants ideal for a variety of special situations. 384 pp.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
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Landscaping with Native Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region
, by Elizabeth Du Pont.