Resources

This is an ever growing list of websites, books, podcasts and more that I recommend as sources for further exploration on native plants and their role in their environments.

Websites:

CT Agricultural Experiment Station Pollinator Resources 

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group: information from the UCONN Extension Service on invasive plants

List compiled by UCONN of useful native plant resources

Pollinator Pathways

CT Botanical Society: great online identification guide, some information on gardening with natives, events and talks for members

New England Wildflower Society: – tons of info about native plants, and native pollinators (they’ve even got an online course!) they also sell native plants and other stuff at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA. They also have member meetings, field trips, and talks. Check out their State of the Plants publication

Connecticut Conservation Districts: a network of groups and resources working to conserve Connecticut’s natural resources

List of NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals

 

Books:

Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and other Backyard Wildlife by David Mizejewski

The Humane Gardener by Nancy Lawson

Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A field guide to the Northeastern United States. Steven Clemants and Carol Gracie, 2006.

Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast:a field guide. Peter del Tredici, 2010.

Native Plants for New England Gardens. Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, 2018.

Podcasts:

The Field Guides: Podcast out of central/upstate New York that explores all sorts of natural topics and has some awesome interviews. This podcast has more of a naturalist’s focus.

The Native Plant Podcast: Podcast all about native plants out of (mostly) Virginia and North Carolina with lots of interviews, primarily in the horticulture world. Lots of good information on bringing native plants into your yard.

In Defense of Plants: Podcast, blog, and video series covering all sorts of different topics about plants and the environment; no regional focus, although a slight predominance of stuff about prairies (It’s currently based out of Illinois). This podcast is more scientific, most frequently interviewing researchers.

Gardens and Arboretums with native plants:

The Connecticut College Arboretum
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Citizen Science Projects:

Connecticut Bird Atlas
Christmas Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project

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