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This list contains field guides and gardening books related to native plants and natural landscaping, with an emphasis on plants native to Michigan. Also included are books by Michigan Wild Ones members.

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Reference Books

The following reference books can provide excellent information on landscaping, plant conservation, and site requirements for specific plants. Some of these books are out of print but might be available through your local library or nature center.

Butterfly Gardening, Xerces Society, Sierra Club Books, 1998, ISBN 0871569752.

Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, Dirr, Michael A., Timber Press, 1997, ISBN 0881924040.

The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses: How to Grow and Use over 250 Beautiful and Versatile Plants, Greenlee, John, Rodale Press, 1992, ISBN 0875961002.

The Fern Guide: Northeastern and Midland United States and Adjacent Canada, Wherry, Edgar Theodore, Dover Publications, 1995, ISBN 0486284964.

Ferns of Northeastern United States, Wiley, Farida Anna, Dover Publications, 1973.

Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees and Shrubs, Harlow, William M., Dover Publications, 1946, ISBN 0486205118.

The Gardener's Guide to Plant Conservation, Marshall, Nina T., World Wildlife Fund, 1993, ISBN 0891641394.

Gardening with Native Wild Flowers, Jones, Samuel B. Jr., and Leonard E. Foote, Timber Press, 1997, ISBN 0881923818.

Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes, Wasowski, Sally, and Andy Wasowski, University of Minnesota Press, 2002, ISBN 0816630879.

Gleason’s Plants of Michigan, Rabeler, Richard K., Oakleaf Press, 1998, ISBN 0966325109.

Growing and Propagating Showy Native Woody Plants, Bir, Richard E., University of North Carolina Press, 1992, ISBN 0807843660.

Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles: The Lives and Lore of North American Wildflowers, Sanders, Jack, McGraw-Hill, 1993, ISBN 007054932X.

Landscaping for Wildlife, Henderson, Carrol, L., Minnesota’s Bookstore, 1987.

Landscaping with Native Trees: The Northeast, Midwest, Midsouth & Southeast Edition, Sternberg, Guy, and Jim Wilson, Chapters Publishing Ltd., 1995, ISBN 1881527662 (paperback) and 1881527654 (hardcover).

Living with Michigan’s Wetlands: A Landowner’s Guide, Cwikiel, Wilfred, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 1998, ISBN 1889313009.

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses, Dirr, Michael A., Stipes Publishing Co., 1998, ISBN 0875637957 (paperback) and 0875638007 (hardcover).

Michigan Flora, Voss, Edward G., Cranbrook Institute of Science:

  • Part I: Gymnosperms and Monocots, 1972, ISBN 087737032X.
  • Part II: Dicots (Saururaceae-Cornaceae), 1985, ISBN 0877370370.
  • Part III: Dicots (Pyrolaceae - Compositae), 1996, ISBN 0877370400.

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, Barnes, Burton V., and W. Herbert Wagner, University of Michigan Press, 1981, ISBN 0472080180.

Michigan Wildflowers, Smith, Helen V., Cranbrook Institute of Science, 1966, ISBN 0877370192.

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants, Cullina, William, Houghton Mifflin, 2002, ISBN 0618098585.

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America: A Planting Design Manual for Environmental Designers, Hightshoe, Gary L., John Wiley & Sons, 1988, ISBN 0471288799.

Nature’s Design: A Practical Guide to Natural Landscaping, Smyser, Carol, Rodale Press, 1982, ISBN 0878573437.

The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada, Cullina, William, Houghton Mifflin, 2000, ISBN 0395966094.

Pods: Wildflowers and Weeds in Their Final Beauty, Embertson, Jane, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1979, ISBN 0684155427 (cloth) or 0684155435 (paper).

The Prairie Garden: 70 Native Plants You Can Grow in Town or Country, Smith, J. Robert and Beatrice Scheer Smith, University of Wisconsin Press, 1980, ISBN 0299083047.

Shrubs of Michigan, Billington, Cecil, Cranbrook Institute of Science, 1949, ISBN 0877370052.

Shrubs of Ontario, Soper, James H. and Margaret L. Heimburger, Royal Ontario Museum, 1994, ISBN 0888542836.

Step-by-Step Wildflowers and Native Plants, Better Homes & Gardens, Meredith Books, 1996, ISBN 0696206552.

Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers: A Field Guide, Ladd, Douglas, Falcon Publishing Company, 1995, ISBN 1560442999.

Wildflowers of Door County, Mahlberg, Paul G. and Marilyn Waite Mahlberg, Indiana University Press, 2001, ISBN 025321453X.

The Wildflowers of the Tall Grass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Runkel, Sylvan T., and Dean M. Roosa, Iowa State Univ Press, 1989, ISBN 0813819792.

Wild Ones Handbook, Wild Ones—Natural Landscapers, Ltd., 1997.

Your Landscape and Our Natural Areas, Natural Area Preservation Division of the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department, 1997. Set of five brochures:

  • Native Shrubs of Southeastern Michigan
  • Native Trees of Southeastern Michigan
  • Native Vines, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Southeastern Michigan
  • Native Wildflowers of Southeastern Michigan
  • Your Landscape and Our Natural Areas

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Books by Local Authors

Michigan Wild Ones members wrote or contributed to the following books, which are on themes related to natural landscaping, native plants, and/or local natural areas.

Along the Huron: The Natural Communities of the Huron River Corridor in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Natural Area Preservation Division, University of Michigan Press, 1999, ISBN 0472086510.

Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, Grese, Robert E., Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998, ISBN 0801859476.

Landscape-Gardening, Simonds, Ossian Cole, and Robert E. Grese (Introduction), University of Massachusetts Press, 2000, ISBN 1558492585.

Placing Nature: Culture and Landscape Ecology, Nassauer, Joan Iverson (Ed.), Island Press, 1997, ISBN 1559635592.

Pleasant Walks and Drives about Ann Arbor, Cheever, Judge Noah, John Knott (Ed.), and Alicia Lavalle, Bentley Historical Library, 1999, ISBN 0966820517.

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