Northern & Central Midwest
Wild Ones:Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. On their website you can learn about natural plants, natural landscaping, and biodivesity; connect to Wild Ones chapters around the country, and find out about local events and upcoming workshops and conferences. Join the organization to receive their newsletter and more members-only content online. Founded in Wisconsin, Wild Ones has lots to offer gardeners in our region interested in planting a diverse natural landscape.
The following two books will be helpful resources for gardeners interested in naturalistic landscape design. Natural Landscaping: Designing with Native Plant Communities by John Diekelmann and Robert M. Schuster (University of Wisconsin Press, 2nd ed., 2002) approaches landscape design as the establishment of natural ecosystems, illustrating how to evaluate a site and plan for visual effect and maintenance. It also addresses the social, legal, design, and planting problems often encountered on residential sites when installing a natural landscape. Due out this month isThe Living Landscape:Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy (Timber Press, 2014). Tallamy is the author of the well-known book Bringing Nature Home, which promotes the use of native plants in gardens to sustain wildlife, while Darke is the former curator of plants at Longwood Gardens. Their new book focuses on the importance of layered plantings in designing a beautiful, biodiverse home garden.