Wednesday, January 12, 2005

San Francisco Bay Region Wildlife Gardening Bibliography

Amme, David. “Creating a Native Meadow” in Grasslands, A Publication of the California Native Grass Association, Volume XIII, No. 3, Summer 2003, pp. 1, 9-11. 1-866-456-CNGA. Definitive information from a pioneer of native meadow making.

Baines, Chris. How to Make a Wildlife Garden. Elm Tree Books, London, 1985. Classic why and how of wildlife gardening, Baines really started something in Great Britain!

Bauer, Nancy. The Habitat Garden Book: Wildlife Landscaping for the San Francisco Bay Region. Coyote Ridge Press, Sebastopol, 2001. Concise, a very helpful labor of love.

Blakey, Louise. Our Hummingbirds. Los Altos: Louise Blakey. 1985. Out-of-print, hard to get, very specific assessments of the hummingbird value of many plants.

Caldwell, Jeffrey. Notes on Larval Food Plants of Some Bay Area Butterflies. Lists larval food plants of almost any species likely to be found in a garden.

Connelly, Kevin. Gardener’s Guide to California Wildflowers. Sun Valley: Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc. 1991. No one knew more ... an unfortunate reliance on now out-dated nomenclature.

Daniels, Stevie, editor. Easy Lawns: Low Maintenance Native Grasses for Gardeners Everywhere. Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 1999. “Native Lawns for California” by Jeanne Wirka and John Anderson, pp. 70-80. The authors of the article are true authorities.

Davis, John and Alan Baldridge. The Bird Year, A Book for Birders, with special reference to the Monterey Bay Area. Pacific Grove: The Boxwood Press. 1980. Delicious details, thoroughly documented – a unique resource. (Order by sending them an e-mail).

Dennis, John. The Wildlife Gardener. Knopf, New York. 1985. An American classic with useful notes on the wildlife values of many garden plants.

Editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine. Attracting Birds to Your Garden. Menlo Park: Lane Magazine and Book Company. 1974. This older edition gets down to specific observtions of which plants are used by what birds for various purposes.

Francis, Mark and Andreas Reimann. The California Landscape Garden, ecology, culture and design. U.C. Press. 1999. Wildlife a particular interest here.

Gilsenan, Fiona and the editors of Sunset Books. Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses. Sunset Books, Menlo Park. 2002. Its meadow-making guidelines are commended by grass expert John Greenlee.

Griffin, Brian L. The Orchard Mason Bee: The Life History - Biology - Propagation and Use of a truly Benevolent and Beneficial Insect. Knox Cellars Publishing, Bellingham, WA. 1993.

Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob, eds. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. University of California Press, 2003. Nicely organized and beautifully illustrated ... most accessible source of information about these plants for many gardeners.

Hickman, James C., ed. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California. Berkeley: U.C. Press. 1993. A heavy reference tome, but check out the horticultural notes!

Johnson, Catherine J. Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden: Creating Backyard and Balcony Habitats for Wildlife. Huntley & Marks Publishers, Point Roberts, WA. 2004. The latest offering ... many projects for housing and feeding birds, bees, butterflies, etc.

Keator, Glenn. Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California. Chronicle Books: San Francisco. 1990. Out-of-print, but very helpful.

Keator, Glenn. Complete Garden Guide to the Native Shrubs of California. Chronicle Books: San Francisco. 1994. Out-of-print, but very helpful.

Kress, Stephen W. The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds. Charles Scribner’s Sons. New York. 1985. His recent books may be even better.

Labadie, Emile L. Native Plants for Use in the California Landscape. Sierra City: Sierra City Press. 1978. Out-of-print, very helpful. Labadie is highly analytical.

Landau, Diane and Shelley Stump. Living With Wildlife. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. 1994. How to deal humanely with wildlife problems.

Lenz, Lee. Native Plants for California Gardens. Pasadena: Abbey Garden Press. 1956. Claremont: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 1977. Helpful classic.

Lenz, Lee, and John Dourley. California Native Trees & Shrubs for Garden & Environmental Use in Southern California and Adjacent Areas. Claremont: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 1981. Extremely good, but out-of-print and hard to get.

Leopold, A. Starker. The California Quail. Essential information if you want quail in your garden.

Link, Russell. Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press in association with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1999. A treasure trove of unique ideas from a wildlife biologist, most are applicable here.

Lowry, Judith. Notes on a Coastal Garden. Larner Seeds.

Lowry, Judith. Notes on Growing California Wildflowers. Larner Seeds. 1990.

Lowry, Judith. Notes on Native Grasses. Larner Seeds.

Lowry, Judith. Notes on Natural Design: the California Backyard Restoration Gardener. Larner Seeds.

Lowry, Judith Larner. Gardening with a Wild Heart, restoring California’s native landscapes at home. U.C. Press. 1999. Beautifully written.

Martin, Alexander C., Herbert S. Zim and Arnold L. Nelson. American Wildlife and Plants, A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits, the use of trees, shrubs, weeds and herbs by birds and mammals of the United States. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1951. Basic reference, most of its data is from gut contents of collected specimens.

Miller, Jeffrey C. and Paul C. Hammond. Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. FHTET-98-18. June 2000. Request copies from Richard Reardon, rreardon@fs.fed.us, 304-285-1599. Identificiation and larval host data.

Native Revival Nursery’s Guidebook for the Central California Gardener: An Aid to Small-scale Native Habitat Restoration Projects for Landscape Designers and Backyard Gardeners. Native Revival Nursery, 2600 Mar Vista Drive, Aptos, CA. (831) 684-1811. Strives to serve local wildlife gardeners.

Pavlik, Bruce and Pamela C. Muick, S. Johnson, and M. Popper. Oaks of California. Los Olivos: Cachuma Press. Beautiful book about our most important trees.

Powell, Jerry A. and Charles L. Hogue. California Insects. U.C. Press. 1979. Use to identify most of the insects you’re likely to notice.

Pyle, Robert M. The Audubon Society Handbook for Butterfly Watchers. New York: Scribner. 1984. Enjoyable and educational – one of my favorites.

Rowntree, Lester. Flowering Shrubs of California. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1939. A classic by one of our great native gardeners.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Native Plants for Southern California Gardens. Leaflet, vol. 1, no. 12, 1969. Hard to get – invaluable lists.

Schmidt, Majorie G. Growing California Native Plants. U.C. Press. 1980. Author lived in Los Gatos – an extremely helpful book that is easy to find.

Seidenberg, Charlotte. The Wildlife Garden: Planning Backyard Habitats. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson. 1995. Particularly references Louisiana and Mississippi, but still somewhat useful here – delightfully brainy author.

Smith, M. Nevin. A Guide to Ornamental Plants for Coastal California . Suncrest Nurseries Inc. Smith is a true plantsman, a reliable source of information about particular cultivars. Look for his articles in Pacific Horticulture magazine and on the nursery Web site.

Stein, Sara. Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of our own Backyards. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York. 1993. A popular author.

Stokes, Donald, and Lillian Stokes. Bird Gardening Book, a complete guide to creating a bird-friendly habitat in your backyard. Little, Brown and Company. 1998.

Tekulsky, Matthew. The Butterfly Garden. Boston: Harvard Common Press. 1985. Author lived in southern California, also wrote a hummingbird garden book.

Tufts, Craig. The Backyard Naturalist. National Wildlife Federation. 1988. Author from Oregon.

Xerces Society, Smithsonian Institution. Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden. 2nd. Edition. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. 1999. Particularly helpful appendices of host and nectar plants.

Xerces Society. Pollinator Conservation Handbook. Xerces Society, Portland, Oregon. 2003. “A Guide to Understanding, Protecting, And Providing Habitat for Native Pollinator Insects.”

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