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Pollinators & Native Plants

Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants!
  • Pollinators are essential to the reproduction of the vast majority of flowering plants, including most food crops.
  • Native pollinators evolved in conjunction with native plants, so those plants offer the most mutually beneficial and efficient relationships.
  • Since native plants are naturally suited to the the climate and growing conditions, they generally require less care and fewer resources to thrive.

These publications can help with your native plant and pollinator-friendly gardening!  
  • Florida Native Yard
    A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard

    From the publisher:

      

    Join the growing wave of Florida residents replacing the high-maintenance, water-hungry, chemical-soaked lawns with vibrant native plants! Whether you're eager to reduce your carbon footprint, save precious time, slash water bills, or invite more birds and butterflies into your backyard, this beautifully illustrated guide has got your back. Ready to transform your outdoor space into a haven of sustainability and beauty? Get your copy today!

     

    University Press of Florida. 136 pp.
    Price: $21.95
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  • Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida
    Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida

    This is an authoritative guide to the plants that support butterflies and hummingbirds in tropical Florida (Hardiness Zones 10-11). Two hundred plant species are profiled in color photos, descriptions, and detailed comments written in author Roger Hammer’s engaging style. There are also special chapters on growing and propagating host plants, as well as South Florida’s significant hummingbird and butterfly species. A delightful read in its own right and an essential guide for any gardener.

    Published by University Press of Florida

    266 pp.

    Price: $24.95
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  • Xerces Society Guide Attracting Native Pollinators
    Attracting Native Pollinators (Xerces Society Guide)
    From the publisher:

    Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, yet North America's native pollinators confront numerous threats to their health and habitat. The Xerces Society presents a comprehensive action plan for safeguarding these industrious animals by offering flowering habitat and nesting sites.

    Published by Storey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60342-695-4, 372 pages, 2011.
    Price: $29.95
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  • Stuffed Bee
    Bee Plush
    Experience the ultimate in softness with DolliBu's super-soft and huggable plush honeybee. Standing at 7 inches tall, this delightful bee is perfect for cuddles, though it prefers a cozy seated position. Its cuteness knows no age limits—both kids and adults will find joy in this charming companion!


    Price: $15.99
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  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
    Bringing Nature Home
    From Workman Publishing:

    As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife - native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals.

    But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.

    By Douglas W. Tallamy, ISBN 9780881929928, 360 pages, copyright 2009.   

    This was a previous selection for the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club


    Price: $19.95
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  • Butterflies Quick Reference
    Butterflies of the South & Southeast
    From Adventure Publications:
    Whether you're in the backyard, tending to your garden, or out and about, keep this convenient butterfly guide close at hand. Designed for ease of use, the tabbed booklet is organized by color for quick identification. Narrow your choices by color, and view just a few butterflies at a time. The professional photographs showcase more than 100 species—from duskywings to swallowtails.
    Simple and convenient—narrow your choices by color, and view just a few species at a time.
    Pocket-size format—easier than laminated foldouts
    Professional photos showing key markings
    Easy-to-use information for even casual observers
    Size ranges for quick comparison and identification
    The basics of butterfly and moth anatomy

    By Jaret C. Daniels, ISBN 978-1-64755-213-8, copyright 2021. Spiral-bound.




    Price: $9.95
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  • Native Bees Quick Guide
    Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States
    From Adventure Publications:
    Bees are cherished visitors in gardens and play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. We embrace their presence and honor their essential role as pollinators, contributing to the flourishing of flowers, plants, and trees. Keep this convenient guide close at hand if you spot bees in your area. Organized by groups for quick identification, the booklet allows you to narrow down choices and view a few bees at a time. Featuring professional photographs showcasing 160 species, including bee look-alikes such as beetles, hoverflies, and wasps, this pocket-size guide is designed for easy use. It provides key markings, making it accessible even for casual observers. Authored by Heather Holm, an award-winning biologist and pollinator conservationist, the booklet includes her "Top 10 Things You Can Do for Bees."

    By Heather Holm, ISBN 978-1-64755-158-2, copyright 2022. Spiral-bound.




    Price: $9.95
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  • Entomology: The Study of Insects
    Entomology: The Study of Insects
    Basic entomology in a nutshell. Appearance, behavior and biology - this poster covers these and more elementary insect facts. Insect parts are magnified and clearly labeled. Wonderful resource for curious youngsters just getting started in the fascinating world of entomology. Full-color, 12" x 18" poster.


    Price: $5.00
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  • Florida Butterflies & Pollinators - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species
    Florida Butterflies & Pollinators - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species
    From Waterford Press:
    Florida's state butterfly - the exotic and unmistakable zebra longwing - is one of over 1,320 species of butterflies and moths found in the region. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 70 familiar and unique species, includes information on their life cycle and features illustrations of common caterpillars and pupae. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by tourists and residents alike. Made in the USA.

    By James Kavanagh, ISBN 978-1-58355-344-2.

    June 2020 - This product's name changed from Florida Butterflies & Moths to Florida Butterflies & Pollinators


    Price: $7.95
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  • Florida Butterfly Encounters
    Florida Butterfly Encounters

    Explore the enchanting world of butterflies with "Florida Butterfly Encounters." This series of booklets is tailored to engage both beginners and seasoned butterfly enthusiasts, offering insightful content for a delightful exploration in parks, fields, and home gardens alike.

     

    You save 50% on this summer special, no coupon required!


    Regular Price: $8.00
    Bulk Regular Price: $4.00
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  • Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies
    Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies

    Enhance your butterfly garden with this comprehensive brochure. Discover 48 exquisite butterfly species and 52 native wildflowers and plants renowned for attracting butterflies or serving as host plants for larvae. Gain valuable insights on designing a vibrant butterfly garden.

    Compact size: 4.5” x 7.5”, unfolds to an expansive 18.5” x 7.5”.




    Price: $0.55
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  • Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities
    Florida Wildflowers: A Comprehensive Guide
    Florida Wildflowers: A Comprehensive Guide is a new edition of Florida Wildflowers in their Natural Communities, vastly expanded with wetlands coverage and updated with new taxonomy. This is a different kind of field guide, one that categorizes Florida wildflowers not just by their color or family group, but by the natural habitats in which they're found. Over 500 color photos and detailed descriptions outline the major terrestrial communities of Florida and the wildflowers unique to each. It also includes a guide to identifying wildflowers, a list of places to visit, a glossary, references, and indexes of people and places, species and families. Whether you're a gardener, a naturalist, or just a visitor interested in Florida's ecology, you'll find this guide indispensable.

    A publication of the University Press of Florida. 584 pp.
    Price: $35.00
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  • Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants
    Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants
    Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants: 200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and Professionals
    Gil Nelson


    Learn how to maximize your landscape and gardening projects with Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants, the first guide to present native plant species readily available across the state. This comprehensive resource features 200 plants selected for availability, hardiness, popularity, and ease of use. Lavishly illustrated, it provides detailed information on appearance, range, distribution, best features, companion plants, similar species, disadvantages, and culture. Suitable for landscape professionals, nursery specialists, restoration experts, home gardeners, and horticulturists, this guide is essential for informed decisions on native plant selection and use.

    Gil Nelson, a writer, naturalist, and educator based in Tallahassee, Florida, authored numerous books, including Ferns of Florida, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida, Trees of Florida, and coauthored the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeast, and Florida Wetland Plants.

    SP 434. 432 pages. $34.95. ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-2644-2. ISBN 10: 0-8130-2644-X
    Price: $34.95
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  • Flowering Plants and Butterflies of the Southeastern United States
    Flowering Plants and Butterflies of the Southeastern United States
    Enhance your butterfly garden with this informative brochure. Featuring 48 species of butterflies found in the southeastern US, along with 52 native wildflowers and plants that attract butterflies or serve as host plants for their larvae. The full-color brochure also provides valuable tips on designing an inviting butterfly garden.

    Dimensions: 4.5” x 7.5”, unfolds to 18.5” x 7.5”
    Price: $0.55
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  • Xerces Society Guide Gardening for Butterflies
    Gardening for Butterflies (Xerces Society Guide)
    From the publisher:
    Protect and nurture the most beloved garden guests: butterflies, nature's kaleidoscopes with wings. The Xerces Society introduces you to a variety of butterflies who need our help and provides suggestions for native plants to attract them, habitat designs to help them thrive, and garden practices to accommodate all their stages of life. Join the effort to conserve butterflies and moths, and learn proven strategies for welcoming these extraordinary visitors.
    From Timber Press. ISBN 978-1-60469-598-4, 286 pp, 2017.
    Price: $24.95
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  • Keep Monarchs Safe coloring book
    Keep Monarchs Safe

    An educational coloring book about monarch conservation

    Illustrated by Samm Wehman Epstein
    Written by Kristin Rossetti and Jaret Daniels

    Monarch butterflies are perhaps the most celebrated insects in the world. But without our protection, monarch populations can decline, and their spectacular migrations could soon be a thing of the past.

    Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can take to help monarchs, as outlined in this educational coloring book suitable for children and adults.

    As you color in Samm Wehman Epstein’s charming illustrations, you’ll experience the monarch’s life cycle and seasonal migrations. You’ll also learn about the milkweeds and other host plants that serve as a food source for caterpillars. The book closes with a glossary and a checklist of ways you can help monarch populations thrive.

    Perfect for classrooms, outdoor activities, or just relieving stress, Keep Monarchs Safe is a wonderful way to learn about this imperial species.

    26 pp.


    Price: $3.99
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  • Monarch Butterflies: Eastern United States
    Monarch Butterflies: Eastern United States
    The key to a thriving butterfly garden is ensuring that caterpillars have an abundant food source! Native milkweeds, in particular, play a crucial role as host plants for monarch butterflies. Our vibrant four-fold brochure serves as a succinct guide, showcasing native host plants that offer nourishment and shelter for not only monarch larvae but also 26 other butterfly species commonly found throughout the Eastern United States.

    Dimensions: 4.5” x 7.5”, expands to 18.5” x 7.5” when unfolded.
    Price: $0.55
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  • Monarch Butterflies: Northern Great Plains
    Monarch Butterflies: Northern Great Plains
    The key to a thriving butterfly haven is ensuring caterpillars have an abundant food source! Native milkweeds, vital host plants for monarch butterflies, are spotlighted in this vibrant four-fold brochure. It serves as a succinct guide to native plants, offering nourishment and shelter for monarch larvae and 26 other butterfly species prevalent across the expansive beauty of the northern Great Plains in the United States.

    Dimensions: 4.5” x 7.5”, unfolding to an impressive 18.5” x 7.5”.
    Price: $0.55
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  • Monarch Butterflies: Southeastern United States
    Monarch Butterflies: Southeastern United States
    The secret to a thriving butterfly garden is ensuring your caterpillars have an ample feast! Specifically tailored to cater to the needs of monarch butterflies, this vibrant four-fold brochure is your go-to guide for native host plants. These plants offer both nourishment and shelter for not only monarch larvae but also for 26 other butterfly species prevalent in the southeastern United States.

    Compact yet informative, this brochure measures 4.5” x 7.5” and unfolds to a generous 18.5” x 7.5”. 
    Price: $0.55
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  • Monarch Butterflies: Southern Great Plains
    Monarch Butterflies: Southern Great Plains
    Create a thriving butterfly haven by offering caterpillars abundant food! Native milkweeds, vital host plants for monarch butterflies, play a key role. This vibrant four-fold brochure serves as a handy guide to native host plants, offering nourishment and shelter for monarch larvae and 26 other butterfly species prevalent in the southern Great Plains of the United States.

    Dimensions: 4.5” x 7.5”, unfolds to 18.5” x 7.5”
    Price: $0.55
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