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STEM Summer 2020: Natural History of Plants: The Native Plant Center at WCC

Make a Difference! Visit the Native Plant Center at WCC

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The Native Plant Center
at Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 606-7870
(914) 606-6143 (Fax)

Recommended Reading


STEM Guide 2018

Recommended Reading

Armitage, Allan M. 2006. Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens. Timber Press. 452 pp.

Cullina, William. 2008. Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave, Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pp.

Cullina, William. 2002. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 354 pp.

Burrell, C. Colston. 2007. Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants. Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 240 pp.           

Darke, Rick, and Douglas W. Tallamy. 2014. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Timber Press. 392 pp.

Dirr, Michael A. 1990. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, Stipes Publishing. 1,005 pp.

Grimm, William Carey. 2001. The Illustrated Book of Trees. Stackpole Books. 720 pp.

Kress, Stephen W. 2006. The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds: Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small. Second Edition. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 480 pp, paperback.

Leopold, Donald J. 2005. Native Plants of the Northeast. Timber Press. 308 pp.

Liljengren, Heather, et al. 2014. Native Species Planting Guide for New York City, 2d edition. New York City Parks. 339 pp. Downloadable at

Logan, William Bryant. 2007. Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pp.

Logan, William Bryant. 2006. Oak: The Frame of Civilization. W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pp.

Lovett, PhD, Gary, lead scientist. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Tree-Smart Trade. Downloadable publications, including “Invasive Forest Pests in the United States: Community Impacts and Opportunities for Tree-Smart Trade” and “Nonnative forest insects and pathogens in the United States.”

Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

More, David and John White. 2005. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees. Timber Press. 832 pp.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Fact sheet and brochure downloads:

Newcomb, Lawrence. 1989 (reprint edition). Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Little, Brown and Company. 490 pp.

Peterson, Roger Tory, and Margaret McKenny. 1998 (revised edition). A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 448 pp.

Rainer, Thomas, and Claudia West. 2015. Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes. Timber Press. 316 pp.

Reschke, Carol. Rev. 2014. Ecological Communities of New York State, 2d edition. New York Natural Heritage Program. 160 pp. Downloadable at

Roddick, Christopher, and Beth Hanson. 2007. The Tree Care Primer. Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide. 120 pp.

Sanderson, Eric W. 2009. Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. New York: Abrams. 352 pp. Illustrated by Markley Boyer

Sternberg, Guy. 2004. Native Trees for North American Landscapes. Timber Press. 552 pp.

Summers, Carolyn. 2010. Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East. Rutgers University Press. 240 pp.

Swearingen, Jan, et al. 2014. Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, 5th edition. National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 189 pp. 

Tallamy, Douglas W. 2009, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Timber Press. 360 pp.

Weaner, Larry, and Thomas Christopher. 2016. Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change. Timber Press. 328 pp.

The Xerces Society. 2011. Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. Massachusetts: Storey Publishing. 384 pp, paperback.