List of Contents

These are some resources that I've found helpful over the years and I hope you do, too.

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A giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) on purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)


The Native Plant Podcast

In Defense of Plants Podcast


Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan

Lynn M. Steiner

Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change

Larry Weaner, Thomas Christopher

Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People: How to Use Native Midwestern Plants to Beautify Your Property and Benefit Wildlife

Dave Tylka

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

Rick Darke & Doug Tallamy

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

Douglas W. Tallamy

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

Thomas Rainer & Claudia West

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard

Douglas W. Tallamy

Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest

Kenn Kaufman, Jeff Sayre, & Kimberly Kaufman

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

Douglas W. Tallamy

Wildflowers of Michigan Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

Heather N. Holm

Trees of Michigan Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

Heather N. Holm


Nature in the Hills - Farmington Hills, MI

YouTube Channel

Farmington Hills Nature Center

Native Plant Channel

YouTube Channel

Denise Ellsworth, OSU Department of Entomology 

YouTube Channel


Plant Information

The Biota of North America Program (BONAP)

Native range maps of species within their respective genera

Michigan Flora

Provides plant information specific to Michigan

Illinois Wildflowers

Details range & habitat, faunal associations, cultivation and look-alike information


General plant information, especially taxonomy

Michigan Natural Features Inventory

A field guide to Michigan's natural communities and where you can visit them

10 Berries Birds Love

Attract birds to your landscape with these native trees & shrubs.

Thank you, Ella, for the recommendation!

Soil Information

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil maps & data

Invasive Species

Oakland County CISMA

Provides identification services as well as recommendations for treatment of invasive species

Michigan Invasive Species

A list of prohibited and restricted invasive species with helpful identification information

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)

Explore and report invasive species in your area

Information regarding Roundup (glyphosate) and alternatives



Identify unknown plants and animals. It may not be 100% accurate, but should at least point you in the right direction.


General plant information, especially taxonomy

Local Organizations

The Michigan Botanical Club

The Southeastern Chapter hosts field trips and online webinars around the metro-Detroit area

Wild Ones

The North Oakland and Ann Arbor chapters are great resources for native plant information and events

Rochester Pollinators

Rochester Pollinators provides education and resources to preserve the Monarch butterfly and pollinator population by reintroducing Michigan native plants into local landscapes including home gardens, businesses and municipal landscapes.

News Articles