References to Get Started
Choosing native plants not only helps to support pollinators, but will fill your garden with species that are best suited to our climate and seasonal changes. Learn more from the Audubon Society's Why Native Plants Matter.
Several online resources sell native pollinator plant packs or seed mixes of different sizes. These include a well-balanced selection of plants with a range of bloom-times. If you would like more information e-mail a local gardener for her private list of sources.
NOTE: Be sure to always select the Northeast Region when searching for native plants, as many online nurseries provide native plants to gardeners across the United States. What's native to Montana may be ecologically disruptive in New York.
Deep Roots has informative free webinars on planting native.
Bedford 2030 offers free webinars on sustainable landscape practices. Free recorded webinars can be found here.
The US Forest Service has a handy introductory guide on creating a pollinator garden using native plants.
Great Reference Books for the Beginning or Experienced Gardener
Here are some of our favorite reference books! Have others to recommend? e-mail your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org Click the arrow to expand the list
Going Native: Biodiversity in our own backyards. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Easy Care Native Plants: A guide to selecting and using beautiful American flowers, shrubs, and trees in gardens and landscapes. Patricia A. Taylor
Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife. David Mizejewski
The Butterfly Book: An easy guide to butterfly gardening, identification, and behavior. Donald and Lillian Stokes, Ernest Williams
Great Natives for Tough Places. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Wildflowers in your Garden: A gardener's guide. Viki Ferreniea
Wildflower Gardens: 60 spectacular plants and how to grow them in your garden. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Wildflower Gardener's Guide: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Eastern Canada Edition. Henry W. Art
Gardening with Wildflowers and Native Plants. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Native Perennials: North American Beauties. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Native Plants of the Northeast: A guide for gardening and conservation. Donald J. Leopold
The Pollinator Victory Garden" Win the war on pollinator decline with ecological gardening. Kim Eirman
Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East. Carolyn Summers
Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies. Zerces Society Guide
American Plants for American Gardens. Edith A. Roberts and Elsa Rehmann
Gardening Without Work: For the aging, the busy and the indolent. Ruth Stout
Grow Your Soil! Harness the power of the soil food web to create your best garden ever. Diane Messler
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing plant communities for resilient landscapes. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West
Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing meadowscaping to big and small spaces. Catherine Zimmerman
Lawns Into Meadows: Growing a regenerative landscape. Owen Wormser
Wildflora of the Northeast. Anita and Spider Barbour
Integrated Landscaping: Following nature's lead. L. Chase-Rowell, M. Tebo-Davis, K. Hartnett, M. Wyzga
How to Eradicate Invasive Plants. Teri Dunn Chace
Invasive Plants. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada. William Cullina
Park's Success with Seeds. Anne Reilly
The Small Garden. C.E. Lucas Phillips
The Practical Gardening Encyclopedia. Roy Hay
Native Plant Lists and Guides
Before planting, research your plant to find out more about its sun and water requirements as well as the variety of species it supports.
Plant This, Not That (Native alternatives for landscaping)
NOTE: You may be tempted by "deer-proof" non-natives; there are many native plants that deer find unpalatable. See: Rutger's University Deer Resistant Plant Database
Visit Local Pollinator Gardens
Seeing plants in a garden setting is helpful in choosing what will work best for your own space. Many public and private spaces provide inspiration. See the
Lenoir Preserve - recently restored wildflower meadows
Greenburgh Nature Center - native plant meadow, organic gardens, forest trails
The Native Plant Center - native plant gardens on display
Old Croton Aqueduct Visitor Center & Kiosk - recently installed pollinator garden just north of the trailer at Walnut Street in Dobbs.
New York Botanical Gardens Native Plant Garden - 3.5 acre garden that installed 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses.
Untermyer Gardens Conservancy - some native plants, knowledgeable garden staff and educational videos.