Kettle Moraine Land Trust members and easement donors Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz recently published their third book about nature and plants called Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees, Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species: An Illustrated Guide .
Executive Director Maggie Zoellner was asked to review the book and said the following:
“This garden and landscape book on woody plants is a companion volume to The Midwestern Native Garden-Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, An Illustrated Guide. It is an excellent resource for homeowners, gardeners, and landscapers and filled with details on what to plant, and why you should plant natives right now. The Guide not only suggests the perfect woody plants but its Nature Notes describe important connections between each native plant and local wildlife. Knowing what wildlife you will be helping and attracting to your yard and garden will further your enjoyment of gardening with natives. Photos of the birds and butterflies that rely on native shrubs and trees to survive will assist you in becoming a master naturalist of your yard and garden.
The book helps readers choose the native woody species that excel during each season, and there is even information on native vines and ground covers. The resources section contains a multitude of recommendations for finding native shrubs and trees, and links to more details about native wildlife of the Midwest.
This book is a must have for anyone who loves nature and wants to see it survive. The authors said it best, “When we surround ourselves with native plants we attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife that add an additional layer of beauty to our yards and gardens.”