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The following list of resources has been compiled by EPNPS members. The descriptions have been written by individual members and in some cases reflect personal opinion or experience using the materials.


Title: Dirt: The Estatic Skin of the Earth
Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: Riverhead Books, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 1995.
Everything you wanted to know about dirt in a series of essays, written in a kind of inspirational vein.

Title: Going Native Biodiversity in our own Backyards
Editor: Janet Marinelli
Publisher: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Publications, 1994.
Eleven articles from different parts of the county. Most articles have a landscape plan with selected plants of which many are shown in color photos.

Title: Noah’s Garden
Author: Sara Stein
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, NY

Title: Native Plants Journal
Author: Published twice a year by the Forest Research Nursery, Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-1137.
A forum for dispensing practical information about planting and growing native plants. Covers the whole US, but propagation information is often useful even if the plants are being grown elsewhere. Info at website: http://nativeplants.for.uidaho.edu

Title: The Natural Habitat Garden
Authors: Ken Druse with Margaret Roach,
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Nice pictures of natives.

Title: Easy Care Native Plants
A guide to selecting and using American flowers, shrubs and trees in gardens
and landscapes.
Author: Patricia A. Taylor
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, NY
Excellent for its purpose, though the author freely uses native plants from many regions in her New Jersey garden. Good basic information on over 500 plants, with author’s comments on use, landscape and design. Also, detailed descriptions of public gardens that feature native plantings. One chapter titled ‘Native Plants Today: a primer on their controversies and charms’ defines the debate nicely.

Title: Gardening with Native Wild Flowers
Authors: Samuel B. Jones, Jr. and Leonard E. Foote
Publisher: Timber Press, 1990.
Covers gardening with herbaceous plants native to eastern and midwestern North America. Has color pictures in middle portion of book. Has sections on developing a plan for a wild flower garden, preparation and management of the garden, propagation of perennial wild flowers, and descriptions of wild flowers for shade and sun.

Title: Gardening with Native Plants of the South
Authors: Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski
Publisher: Taylor Publishing Company, 1994.
Has plans for native gardens. Includes plant profiles of trees, shrubs, vines, groundcover, ferns woodland flowers, ornamental grasses and water plants. West Virginia included.

Title: The Wild Lawn Handbook
Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn
Author: Stevie Daniels
Native and nonnative alternatives to high-maintenance lawn grass. Color photos of 16 different “wild lawns.”

Title: Landscaping with Native Trees
Author: Guy Sternberg & Jim Wilson
Publisher: Chapters, Shelbourne, VT

Title: Creating Sanctuary
A new approach to gardening in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Author: Sherry Mitchell

Title: A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wild Flowers
An Organic Guide to Choosing and Growing over 150 Beautiful Wildflowers
Author: C. Colston Burrell
Publisher: Rodale Press
American Horticultural Society Book Award. Encyclopedia includes full page with color picture of each wildflower. Has some garden designs with plants used.

Title: Manual of Herbaceious Plants
Author: Steven Still
Publisher: Stipes Publishing Co.
Practical information for planting

Title: Manual of Woody Landscape Plants
Author: Michael Dirr
Publisher: Stipes Publishing Co., Champaign, Ill.
Practical information for planting

Title: The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation:
From seed to tissue culture
Author: Michael Dirr & Charles W. Heuster, Jr.
Publisher: Varsity Press, 1987
Very useful

Title: Pruning
Author: Christopher Brickel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1988
Well illustrated

Title: Encyclopedia of Ferns
Author: David L. Jones
Publisher: Timber Press, Portland, OR, 1987.
Lots of detailed information on growing and propagating ferns, but covers the world and so is not the best guide to the native ferns of this area.

Title: Fern Growers Manual
A comprehensive guide for every gardener to every aspect of fern cultivation.
Author: Barbara Joe Hoshizaki
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Field Guides/Identification

Trees/woody plants

Title: National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: Familiar Trees of North America, East
Editor: Ann H. Whitman
A handy guide that slips easily into a pocket. Covers 80 of the most common tree species in the East. Each entry includes a full-page close-in color photo of leaves, color swatch of the bark, and an illustration of the sillhouette. Text describes key characteristics, habitat and range.

Title: The Book of Trees
Author: William C. Grimm
A large book, not suited for field work, it features beautifully detailed descriptions and illustrations of major structural features of pines, spruces, elms, oaks, hickories, birches, and many more. Also contains keys.

Title: The Trees In My Forest
Author: Berndt Heinrich
Publisher: Harper Collins, 1997

Title: Master Tree Finder
Author: May Theilgaard Watts 1963
Title: Winter Tree Finder
Author: May T. and Tom Watts 1970
Publisher: Nature Study Guild.
Both of the above are good starting places for unknowns, easy to use keys, and very small and easy to carry.

Title: Woody Plants of Maryland
Author: Brown and Brown
Publisher: University of Maryland, 1972, 1992

Title: Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast
Landscaping Uses and Identification
Authors: Leonard E. Foote and Samuel B. Jones, Jr.
Publisher: Timber Press, 1989, 199 pages, paperback.
Covers native shrubs and woody vines of Southeast including West Virginia. List keys to families of shrubs. Color pictures grouped together.


Title: Wildflowers of North Carolina
Author: William Justice & C. Ritchie Bell
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1968
Color photos. Easy to use

Title: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers
Eastern Region

Author: William A. Nierling & Nancy C. Olmstead
Publisher: Knopf, NY

Title: A Field Guide to Wildflowers Northeastern and North Central North America

Authors: Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1968, 1996
Field guide grouped by color and plant characteristics. 1,293 species in 84 families are described and illustrated.

Title: Southeastern Wildflowers
Author: Jan W. Midgley
Publisher: Crane Hill Publishers
Includes information about seed colection, plant propagation, plant identification, butterfly attraction, botanical terms, and gardening resources. Color pictures of plants. Map does not include West Virginia.

Title: Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail
Author: Leonard M. Adkins,
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Full page color picture of each plant with description, including the story behind its name, on facing page. Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award..

Title: Wildflowers and Winter Weeds
Author: Lauren Brown
Guide offers over 135 common species of wildflowers and weeds in Northeast and their identification in winter months. Each plant is accompanied by full-page illustration and a description of key characteristics. Also, a step-by-step key to plant indentifications and glosary of common plant parts and botanical terms.

Title: A Guide To Wildflowers in Winter
Author: Carol Levine
Publisher: Yale University Press

Entries on 391 species of herbaceous plants, each illustrated.

Title: Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide
Author: Lawrence Newcomb
Identification guide based on structural features, including arrangement flowers, and leaf arrangement and shape. Color and b/w illustrations


Title: Flora of West Virginia, second edition
Authors: P.D. Strausbaugh and Earl L. Core
Publisher: Seneca Books, Morgantown, WV
The vascular plants of WV, with descriptions, illustrations, geographical data and other information for 2,200 species growing without cultivation in the state.

Title: The Illustrated Book of Wildflowers and Shrubs,
The Comrehensive Field Guide to More Than 1.300 Plants of Eastern North

Author: William Carey Grimm
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Black and white drawings of many wildflowers and shrubs for use in identification.

Title: The Book of Swamp and Bog

Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of Eastern Freshwater Wetlands
Author: John Eastman
Detailed descriptions and illustrations of most, but not all of the 80 wetland plants covered. Descriptions include appearance in all seasons, why a particular plant prefers certain habitats, how they grow, and the animals/insects which depend on it for food and shelter.

Title: Eastern Forests
Author: John Kricher and Gordon Morrison
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
A field guide to birds, mammals, trees, flowers, and more.

Title: Flowering Plants of the World
Author: V.H. Heywood, editor
Publisher: Croom Helm
Fascinating account of plants worldwide. Interesting to know

Title: Wildflowers in Color
Author: Arthur Stupka
Publisher: First HarperPerennial edition, 1994
A field guide to more than 250 wildflowers of eastern North America. Good basic descriptions. Flowers and leaves photographed in color. Indexed alphabetically and by flower color.


Title: A Field Manual of the Ferns and Fern-allies of the United States and Canada
Author: David B. Lellinger
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press 1985.
Thorough description and range information, and color plates of all the ferns, lycopodiums and selaginellas.

Title: A Field Manual of the Ferns and Fern-allies of the United States and Canada
Author: David B. Lellinger
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press 1985.
Thorough description and range information, and color plates of all the ferns, lycopodiums and selaginellas.


Title: The Butterflies of West Virginia and Their Caterpillars
Author: Thomas J. Allen
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Describes 128 species of butterflies found in the state, along with their caterpillars and pupae. Each species account provides information on distribution, habitat, life history, nectar sources, and larval host plants. Color illustrations as well as detailed drawings and maps. Includes chapters on studying butterflies and butterfly gardening.

Title: Amphibians & Reptiles in West Virginia
Author: N. Bayard Green & Thomas Pauley
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press, in cooperation with the WV Dept. of Natural Resources, Nongame Wildlife Program
Available information on the distribution, habitat, and seasonal activities of the 86 species and subspecies of amphibians and reptiles in West Virginia.


Title: The Encyclopedia of Natural Insect & Disease Control
Editor: Roger B. Yepsen, Jr.

Title: Deer Proofing Your Yard and Garden
Author: Rhonda Massingham Hart
Publisher: Storey Communications, Inc., Pownal, VT
Discussion of life cycle and habits. Deer deterrent techniques. List of deer resistant plants. Quite comprehensive

Title: The Gardener’s Weed Book
Author: Barbara Pleasant
Identifies more than 70 common garden weeds with an emphasis on natural controls.


Title: Insects and Flowers: The Biology of a Partnership
Author: Friedrich G. Barth
Publisher: Princeton University Press 1991.
An excellent introduction to the coevolution of insects and flowers, with interesting chapters on insect vision and sense of smell, and incredible photos.

Title: The Forgotten Pollinators
Author: Stephen L. Buchmann and Gary Paul Nabhan
Publisher: Island Press/Shearwater Books, Washington, DC 1996. A very readable description of plant and insect interactions from many areas, and also a great description of the relationship of wild habitats to farming communities. One out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat depends on pollinators!

Title: Arnoldia
Author: Arnold Arboretum
Publisher: Harvard University
Quarterly publication offering in-depth discussion of plants and botany

Title: Plant Classification
Author: Lyman Benson
Publisher: D.C. Heath & Company
A classic, possibly out of print. Available at various used book store. See: http://bibliofind.com for sources.

Title: The Private Life of Plants
Author: David Attenborough
Companion to the acclaimed PBS series. Covers plants all over the world. How plants fight, avoid, or exploit predators or neighbors and struggle to find food, increase their territory, and reproduce. Nontechnical.

Title: The Visual Dictionary of Plants
Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries Series
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, Inc. 1992 (www.dk.com).
A ‘kids book’ with fantastic pictures and very clear labels. If you have been avoiding botany because it seems too complicated, try this book.

Title: After the Ice Age: the Return of Life to Glaciated North America
Author: E. C. Pielou
Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1991, paperback edition 1992.
A very interesting explanation of our planets cycles and land masses explaining why there are ice ages, and then a look at how the North America’s plant and animal communties changed as the ice receeded. Really gives you some perspective on climate and vegetation changes.


Title: Curious Naturalists
Author: Niko Tinbergen
Publisher: The American Museum of Natural History and Anchor Books, 1969.
A classic with chapters on various biological and ecological studies, especially of birds and insects; not technical, a good read.

Title: The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor’s Companion
Author: Leonard Adkins
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press, Birmingham, AL
A naturalist’s guide to the Appalachian Trail. Includes history of the trail and detailed information on the geology, trees, flowers, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals of the Appalachian Mountains.

Title: Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide
Author: Allen de Hart and Bruce Sundquist
Publisher: West Virginia Highlands Conservancy/Menasha Ridge Press
More than 200 hiking trails covering 700 miles. Describes trail scenery, difficulty, condition,distance, elevation, access points, streams, and skiing potential. Includes four wilderness areas with a total of 77,965 acres and 21,300 acres of semi-wilderness zones.

Title: Day and Overnight Hikes in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest
Author: Johnny Molly
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Directions to more than 30 day hikes and 10 overnight hikes in the MNF.

Title: Journey Into Summer
Author: Edwin Way Teale
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co.
Nature exploration along 19,000 miles, from northern New England, along the shore of the Great Lakes, south through the corn country and into the high Rocky Mountains.

Title: Wandering Through Winter
Author: Edwin Way Teale
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co.
A 20,000 mile journey through North American Winter.

Title: Naturalist
Author: Edward O. Wilson
Publisher: Island Press/Shearwater Books
The author is winner of two Pulitzer prizes and a champion of biodiversity. Here, he describes his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science he has helped define.

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