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Douglas Tallamy on the roots of his obsession

by Timber Press on October 3, 2012

in Gardening

Every gardener has a compelling story and we’ve collected thirty of them from some of the most notable gardeners working today. The Roots of My Obsession shows that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged.

Gardening with native plants has been criticized as little more than an emotional longing for a romanticized past. Although I have defended my preference for native plants many times, with both science and what seems to me like common sense (animals need to eat), there is no denying that I am motivated by emotion. —Douglas Tallamy

Many people — perhaps even most — garden out of a love of plants, but Douglas Tallamy gardens out of a love for animals. All animals. In the following excerpt, he describes how answering the call of the wild as a gardener keeps him whole as a human being. (You can also read the excerpt on Scribd.)


A portion of the profits from The Roots of My Obsession will be donated to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation works to understand, conserve and use sustainably the world’s immense wealth of plant diversity. For more information about the organization, visit: http://www.cbd.int/gspc/


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