Bibliography 9

9 . Books about pollinator plants:

  • The Great Healthy Yard Project, Diane Lewis, She Writes Press, 2014. This book should be first on your list about pollinator plants. Lewis is an internist and nephrologist and a modern day Rachel Carson who explains the harm done by the chemicals commonly used in our gardens, both to pollinators and to humans as well. Lewis received the Garden Club of America’s 2021 Margaret Douglas Medalist, given for notable service to the cause of conservation.
  • Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, Heather Holm, Pollination Press LLC, 2014. Holm is a biologist, pollinator conservationist, and award-winning author. Her four books have won multiple awards, including two American Horticultural Society’s Book Awards. Holm’s GoodReads page, which describes her books, is
  • Humblebee, Bumblebee: The Life Story of the Friendly Bumblebees and Their Use by the Backyard Gardener, Brian L. Griffin, Knox Cellars Publishing, 2012.  A fast read about this wonderful native American insect and includes instructions on how to capture a bumblebee colony for your garden.
  • The Insect Crisis: The fall of the Empires that Run the World, Oliver Milman, W. W. Norton & Company, 2022.  Written by a British journalist and environmental correspondent for The Guardian, this book describes the impending disaster of rapidly declining insect populations all over the world. A great read in conjunction with Diane Lewis’ The Great Healthy Yard Project.
  • Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, A Natural Approach to Pest Control,  Jessica Walliser, Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc., 2022. A beautifully illustrated and science-backed guide to attracting beneficial insects to control the pests in work your garden.
  • “Navigating Amid Nativars,” Benjamin Vogt, Horticulture magazine, July/August 2022. An important discussion of using straight species (P. somniferum) versus cultivars, subspecies, varieties, and hybrids (such as P. somniferum var. paeoniflorum).  Vogt argues that if your goal is to maximize ecosystem support for pollinators, use the straight species. His advice would suggest staying away from the heavily double flowered poppies (var. paeoniflorum).