Books that promote ‘Healthy Yards’

There are many books written about gardening and landscaping. A growing number of them address the issues of climate change, sustainability and wildlife. We gladly recommend all these titles.

Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future

By: Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

By: Douglas Tallamy

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

By: Rick Darke and Douglas Tallamy


Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

By: Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

A Northern Gardener’s Guide to Native Plants and Pollinators
By: Lorraine Johnson, Sheila Colla and Ann Sanderson


A New Garden Ethic

By: Benjamin Vogt

Planting Native to Attract Birds to Your Yard

By: Sharon Sorenson


The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner’s Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance

By: Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren 


Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

By: Emma Marris



Planting, A New Perspective

By: Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury


Noah’s Garden, Restoring the Ecology of our Backyards

By: Sara Stein



The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World around You

By: Nathaniel T. Wheelwright, Bernd Heinrich

Fire the Landscaper: How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties 

Gardening for Sustainability 

Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives 

The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife