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We are delighted that information on restoration ecology, native plant identification/propagation and landscaping with natives is readily available these days. However, if you feel overwhelmed by the great amount of reading material available, the books we list here we've found to be particularly good.  Book prices include the shipping fee within the contiguous US (sorry, we cannot send books to Canada).

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A Field Guide to Terrestrial Invasive Plants in Wisconsin

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). Edited by Thomas Boos, Kelly Kearns, Courtney LeClair, Brenden Panke, Bryn Scrive Bernadette Williams, and Olivia Witthun of the WI DNR.  This compact field guide put out by the Wisconsin DNR contains full color photos for 68 invasive terrestrial plants found in Wisconsin and adjacent states. The guide is held together by 2 removable key rings.; great for the field.

Our price: $7.00
A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Carl Kurtz
This 2nd edition book has a lot of good ideas regarding larger prairie restoration, and takes you through the first several years of planting a prairie, no matter what state you live in. There are great pictures that show several steps of the process. It's easy to read and is a good place to start for coming up with a plan for your restoration. 64 pages.

Our price: $23.00
Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Barney Oldfield & John Moriarty
The only complete guide to amphibians and reptiles of the Upper Midwest. This hard to find book contains 116 color photographs and 49 maps.

Our price: $32.00
Aspen Control on Prairie Remnants

Shipping fee is included in all books (within the contiguous US)By Gary Eldred
Describes a method of controlling colonial woody species without using herbicides. Also effective on noncolonial species including Box Elder. 12 pages.

Our price: $6.00
Birdscaping in the Midwest - A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US).  By Mariette Nowak
The region covered in this book includes bird and plant species for MN, WI, IA, IL, MO, IN, MI and OH. Many color photos of bird and plants, garden and landscape design plans and numerous tables and appendices make this an all-in-one, user-friendly book for the beginner urban or rural restorationist.

Our price: $32.00
Botany for Gardeners 3rd Edition

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Brian Capon
This book is a great introduction to the science of plants in terms that are easy to understand. Both concise and thorough, it explains the parts of plants, how they develop and what they do, from cells and seeds to flowers and fruits.

Our price: $22.00
Bringing Nature Home - How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2nd ed.)

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Douglas W. Tallamy; 2nd Edition.
As this revelatory book eloquently explains, there is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. Most native insects cannot and will not eat alien plants. Gardeners have the power to make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.

Our price: $22.00
Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges - An Introduction to Genus Carex (Cyperaceae)

Shipping fee is included on all books (within the contiguous US). By Andrew L. Hipp, illustrated by Rachel D. Davis
Hipp's extensive knowledge on Carex helps readers identify the 150+ Carex species found in WI and neighboring states. Distribution maps for all species, color illustrations and detailed habitat information for many species. A must have if you have ever had trouble identifying Carex.

Our price: $31.00
Field Notes Memo Books

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). We are proud to offer Field Notes Brand memo books; printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.!  Choose from 3 different memo books; graph, ruled or dot graph.  All are 3.5 x 5.5", 48-page, come in packs of 3 with a No.2 pencil and fit comfortably in your pocket!

Our price: $12.50
Field Notes Memo Books - limited edition Ambition series, 3-pack

Limited edition. Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). We’re now offering, on a limited basis, the “Ambition” 3-pack, which includes a ledger for keeping track of your native plant budget, a weekly planner to record blooming observations, and a 48 page graph memo book for sketching out garden plans. Each has a different colored cover (Wine, Chocolate, and Olive), printed and embossed with metallic gold ink.

Our price: $14.50
Foraged Flavor - Finding Fabulous Ingredients in your Backyard or Farmer's Market

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Tama Matsuoka Wong with Eddy Leroux
he 88 recipes have titles straight from a trendy menu but are intentionally simple and easily executed. The authors have done a nice job with their stated quest to feature plants that are not simply edible but "actually taste good."

Our price: $30.00
Growing Your Prairie: a How-to Guide

By Prairie Moon Nursery
This is a FREE webpage download or pdf download.  But, for those of you that would rather have a printed version, just 'add to cart' and we'll send it for FREE.

How to Manage Small Prairie Fires

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Wayne R. Pauly
Burning is the single most important management practice for native plantings. In print since the early 1980's, this book is written in easy-to-understand language describing one method to conduct a small prairie fire safely using hand-held equipment. For both the experienced and inexperienced. 30 pages.

Our price: $6.00
Illinois Wildflowers

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Don Kurz
The beautiful full-color photographs of 400 flowering species found in IL and surrounding states are grouped by color for easy reference.  A very inclusive guidebook and a "must have" if you live in IL, IA, IN, or MO.

Our price: $25.00
Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest: An Illustrated Guide to their Identification and Control

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Elizabeth J. Czarapata
Detailed identification and control methods are discussed with useful, color pictures. Sections are broken down into plants of major concern, lesser concern, and potential problem species that are endangering our native species. Range covers north to MN, east to OH, and south to MO.

Our price: $33.00
Lake Phalen Shoreland Restoration-Walking Tour and Plant Guide

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Haley Elvecrog and Bill Bartodziej of Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
Although this book would be of special interest to those living in and around Twin Cities / Lake Phalen, it would also be valuable to any native plant enthusiasts for identification purposes. The guide takes you through phases of the restoration project offering great before and after photos and ideas / methods you could transfer to your own restoration.

Our price: $13.00
Lakescaping for Wildlife & Water Quality

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Carrol Henderson, Carolyn Dindorf, and Fred Rozumalski
This book discusses how to plan and plant a diverse natural lake shore landscape. Read about techniques to restore wildlife habitat, wildflowers, and clean water — preserve or restore the natural beauty that attracted you to lake shore living in the first place. Spiral-bound for outdoor portability.

Our price: $23.00
Landscaping for Wildlife

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Carrol L. Henderson
Handy information for using native plants to attract wildlife to your landscaping project. This Minnesota Department of Natural Resources publication contains plans, charts, and tips for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife to backyard gardens and wild places. Many interesting appendices. Spiral-bound for easy portability.

Our price: $14.00
Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). 2nd Edition - By Lynn Steiner
This book has great information on many different approaches to using native plants in the home landscape, from full ecosystem restoration to choosing an appropriate accent plant for a tough situation. A good book for neighboring states as well.

Our price: $30.00
Learn About Butterflies in the Garden

Shipping fee is included in all books (within the contiguous US). By Brenda Dziedzic
A rich resource of butterfly and moth identification, phenology and host specific gardening. This guide offers an introduction into Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) biology, rearing and host specific gardening. 36 species and 500+ photographs represent a range of lifecycles for each species.

Our price: $22.00
Mason Meets a Mason Bee

Makes a great gift! Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). (within the contiguous US). By Dawn Pape
A little boy named Mason encounters a bee named Mason. In addition to having a name in common, each is afraid of the other. It's a good thing that Mason the bee can speak (in rhyme) as he proceeds to give Mason the boy a brief run-down on what pollination and pesticides are. 

Our price: $12.00
Native Plant Note Cards

Sale! Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). This pack of 10 photo note cards depicts native plants and pollinators of the Midwest.  Local professional Photographer and Native Landscaper, Heather Holm, prints each 4”x5.5” card on fine art watercolor paper.  Cards are blank inside and come with a white envelope and are covered with a biodegradable/compostable plastic sleeve.

Our price: $22.00
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Native Plants of the Northeast - A Guide for Gardening and Conservation

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US).  By Donald J. Leopold
Hardcover. Despite the title, almost all the species are also native here in the Midwest. Nearly 700 species of native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses and wildflowers most with color photos and cultivation/propagation tips.

Our price: $46.00
Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Samuel Thayer
Not a field guide, but packed with color photos, this volume thoroughly examines 41 species of wild plants, providing personal insights and tips for identification, harvesting and preparation.

Our price: $31.00
Northland Wildflowers - The Comprehensive Guide to the Minnesota Region

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By John B. Moyle and Evelyn W. Moyle
This simple guide organized by flower shape lists 311 wildflowers. Full color photos accompany thorough descriptions of the plants and their related habitats.

Our price: $22.00
Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Roger Tory Peterson & Margaret McKenny
This Peterson Field Guide contains over 1200 species of eastern and north central U.S. and southern Canada. Well illustrated with line drawings and many color plates. Vital identification details are pointed out. Alien plants indicated. Small, compact; great for the field.

Our price: $24.00
Plant a Pocket of Prairie

New! Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Phyllis Root  Illustrations by Betsy Bowen
This book has a lot to share with kids.  The short and to-the-point prose builds and expands the central idea that anyone can choose to plant enough plants to nurture something and in doing that, will make a connection to the prairie world.

Our price: $20.00
Plants of the Chicago Region

Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha are working on a revised edition. Click on the product and enter your email to be notified when it is back in stock!

Our price: $52.00
Pollinators of Native Plants - Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

New! Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Heather Holm
Packed with useful information and more than 1600 photos of plants and insects, this book explores the details of the critical relationships between native insects and more than 65 perennial native plants.  The clear prose and exploration of basic concepts make this a useful guide for gardeners of all types, plant lovers and students, as well as restoration professionals.

Our price: $32.00
Prairie Moon catalog

For a FREE full color Prairie Moon Nursery catalog, click on the Request a Free Catalog to the left... 

Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Theodore S. Cochrane, Kandis Elliot and Claudia S. Lipke, second printing
Experience the 360+ native and introduced species that grow on the Arboretum prairies, typical of Southern Wisconsin prairie landscapes.

Our price: $40.00
Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). Primary author is Paul Bockenstedt
This guide is the result of collaboration among more than 15 State agency and nonprofit partners in the Upper Midwest. 54 prairies and 26 weed species are featured with color photos and detailed seedling plant and habitat description. Methods for evaluating your prairie seeding with appendices follow. Spiral-bound.

Our price: $16.00
Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie - An Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper Midwest

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Shirley Shirley
A good overall book for anyone looking at developing a native prairie planting and NOT only for Upper Midwest states.  Practical information on propagation of individual species, site preparation, planting, maintenance and seed harvest.

Our price: $20.00
Sedges of Indiana and The Adjacent States - The Non-Carex Species

Shipping fee is included on all books (within the contiguous US). by Paul Rothrock
Bulrushes, spike-rushes, cotton-grasses, nut-rushes, flat-sedges and more!  271 pages. Hardcover.

Our price: $51.00
Seedling ID Guide for Native Prairie Plants - Central Region

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). by USDA - NRCS Elsberry Plant Materials Center and the MO Department of Conservation. Photographs by Don Kurz.
Color photos illustrate seed, seedling, juvenile plant, and flowering stage for 40 common prairie flowers and grasses.  5" in length x 4" high, this sturdy, laminated, pocket-size book is great for the field.

Our price: $10.00
Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri - Field Guide

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Don Kurz; Illustrations by Paul Nelson
This field guide has color drawings and some color photos of 133 shrubs and 37 woody vines native to MO and surrounding states.  The guide is organized by simple leaf arrangement and shape (such as alternate/simple, opposite/compound) for easy identification.  4 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" long make it a handy pocket, easy-to-carry field guide.

Our price: $11.00
Sleep, Creep, Leap - The First Three Years of a Nebraska Garden

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Benjamin Vogt
This slender volume would be a great gift for the reflective plants-lover on your list. Tiny observations become grander epiphanies through the process of natural discovery that is familiar and appealing to all who love that aspect of gardening.

Our price: $15.00
Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast

  Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). by Carol Gracie
If you are partial to Woodland plants, you will want to give this book a read.  As the title indicates, the plant list is native to the Northeastern part of the U.S. but many of the selected plants have ranges broad enough to make the book pertinent to the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and Midwest regions too.

Our price: $36.00
Tallgrass Prairie Center Native Seed Production Manual

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). Published by the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa
Highly recommended for anyone considering native seed production. Detailed plant descriptions, habitat, propagation tips, stand management, and collection/cleaning advice on nearly 50 species of the tallgrass prairie flora of the Upper Midwest.

Our price: $18.00
The Illustrated Flora of Illinois: Sedges: Carex

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Robert H. Mohlenbrock, illustrated by Paul Nelson
This hard to find, technical book last published in 1999 covers in detail 159 different species of Carex known to occur in Illinois. Minute details necessary for Carex identification, habitat, range, glossary, maps and key. 328 pages, Hardcover.

Our price: $67.00
The Midwestern Native Garden - Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US).  By Charlotte Adelman & Bernard L. Schwartz
Lavishly illustrated and well-documented, this user-friendly guide offers specific native alternatives to scores of non-native plants that are most popular with Midwestern gardeners.

Our price: $30.00
The Prairie That Nature Built

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Marybeth Lorbiecki  Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
This is a book written with richly colored, very intricate detail, in the style of "The House that Jack Built." Vividly illustrated is the web of life in the prairie and how it is "built" from the underground up.  Read it over and over and find something new each time.

Our price: $13.00
The Puddle Garden

New! Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Jared Rosenbaum  Illustrations by Laura Rosenbaum
A lonely bear cub welcomes plant and animal friends to his new home by planting a rain garden (or Puddle Garden) using native plants. Proudly printed in Wisconsin!

Our price: $21.00
The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Thomas M. Antonio & Susanne Masi
Highly recommended. The Sunflower (Compositae) family includes many genera—Sunflowers (Helianthus), Asters, Goldenrods (Solidago), Joe Pye Weed et.al (Eupatorium), and Coneflowers (Echinacea) to name a few. This book lists 148 species with detailed information. There is an Upper Midwest range map (MN, WI, IA, IL, IN, and MI) for every entry.  Excellent photos show natural habitat and closeups of identifying features.

Our price: $55.00
The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Daryl Smith, Dave Williams, Greg Houseal, Kirk Henderson
Straightforward and easy to read. All types of prairie plantings are addressed, from small home landscaping projects where the goal is natural beauty and low maintenance landscaping, to large conservation plantings. This book is recommended to anyone (not just those in the Upper Midwest) who is just embarking on a prairie restoration adventure or to anyone who has been struggling with a prairie restoration project for some time.

Our price: $31.00
The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Dave Williams
With clear prose and a wealth of detailed photographs and line drawings, this guide brilliantly facilitates the identification and understanding of 72 species of native wildflowers and grasses.


Our price: $18.00
The Xerces Society Guide - Farming with Native Beneficial Insects; Ecological Pest Control Solutions

NEW! Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US).  By The Xerces Society

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects examines the ecology of beneficial native insects while including methods for multiplying their population through native habitat design and management. This guide also outlines common species of predatory insects, parasitoids and non-insect predators such as spiders, in addition to the native plant species most suitable for beneficial insects.

Our price: $29.00
The Xerces Society Guide to Attracting Native Pollinators

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By The Xerces Society
Attracting Native Pollinators provides a vital framework for strengthening the understanding and conservation of our imperiled pollinators, and proves to be an excellent guide and reference book for land owners, managers, landscapers, farmers, gardeners and students alike. • 372 Pages

Our price: $34.00
Weeds of the Northeast

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Richard H. Uva, Joseph C. Neal, and Joseph M. DiTomaso
Highly recommended. This excellent identification guide uses a dichotomous key to help you identify 299 common weeds before they flower. Excellent color photos of the seedlings, mature plant, flowers, and seeds are included for each species. Covers the region south to Virginia, north to Maine and southern Canada, and west to Wisconsin. 397 pages. 

Our price: $33.00
What´s Doin´ the Bloomin´? A Pictorial Guide to Wildflowers of the Upper Great Lakes Regions, Eastern Canada, and Northeastern USA

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). Revised and expanded 3rd edition By Clayton Oslund
Local authors from Duluth, MN. More than 340 species of plants and 620 color photograps are detailed in this book. Organized by bloom time.

Our price: $24.00
Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains

NEW!  Shipping fee is included in all books (within the contiguous US)by Jon Farrar
Excellent photography and information about wildflowers of the Great Plains.

Our price: $45.00
Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalchians

NEW! Shipping fee is included in all books (within the contiguous US).   The offical field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society. Color photographs and detailed descriptions for over 1250 plant species.

Our price: $32.00
Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region - A Comprehensive Field Guide

Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). By Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz, second edition.
We've found no other current book in print that is so all-inclusive as a field guide for WI and surrounding states.  For each of the over 1,100 species in Wildflowers of Wisconsin, a detailed WI maps (by county) showing where each species has been found, color photo, and status such as 'native / introduced / invasive' will be found.

Our price: $35.00
Woodland Carex of the Upper Midwest

2014 Revised and updated! Shipping fee is included in all books (within the contiguous US).
By Linda Curtis

Our price: $35.00
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