Going Native


Going Native's 2nd edition is in an affordable black & white format.

Going Native’s 2nd edition is in an affordable black & white format.

Does a garden that requires less work, saves you money, and protects the environment sound good? Would you also like a garden that’s healthy and thriving year round? Then Going Native is for you.

Going Native shows you how small changes in the plants you choose can create a healthier garden that’s easy and inexpensive to maintain, benefits the environment, conserves resources and protects your area’s native species.

Going Native will…

  • Guide you through the benefits of going native,
  • Provide tips on how to plan your native garden,
  • Tell you where to obtain native plants, and
  • Step you through getting your native garden off to the best start possible.

In addition to this, Going Native will teach you the basics of eco-friendly gardening such as…

  • Going Native's 1st Edition shows off native plants in full color.

    Going Native’s 1st Edition shows off native plants in full color.

    Controlling invasive species

  • Going chemical free
  • Dealing with pests and weeds
  • Understanding soil type
  • Rethinking your lawn
  • Attracting wildlife and much more

To show off the beauty and variety of native plants, Going Native features over 80 photos of native plants across the U.S. and Canada. You’ll also get ideas of which native plants will thrive in your area with the book’s extensive regional plant list.

Although written with plant lovers from the U.S. and Canada in mind, gardeners around the world can use Going Native’s tips and information to create a healthy, low maintenance garden.

So, if you’re ready for a healthier garden, it’s time to go native.

  • “This book builds a strong scientific foundation for choosing and nurturing native plants coupled with a reader friendly writing style which makes the information accessible to gardeners with varied levels of expertise.”     
  • “[Going Native] was absolutely amazing. There are tips for every stage of gardening– including the preparation, killing/deterring weeds, planting, etc. It’s wonderfully detailed and helpful, and I’m so grateful to have it” 
  • “I found Going Native to be a very approachable guide on gardening. The advice was practical and informative without being preachy or stuffy. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting good practical garden advice.”
  • “This book is chock-full of information on how to incorporate native plants in the garden. It would be a great help to any new gardener who wishes to achieve the obvious benefits of going native: lower maintenance, lower impact on the environment, and to me most important, the beauty of the natural look.”


Learn about your many shopping options for both paperbacks and e-books of Going Native on my Where to Buy page.


Please enjoy a short sample from Going Native: Chapter 2 (PDF Download)

  • Introduction
  • A Note on Images
  • What is a Native Garden?
  • The Benefits of Going Native
  • Soil Matters
  • Going Native
  • Planting Time
  • Natives in Containers
  • Caring for Natives
  • Re-Thinking Chemicals
  • Dealing with Pests and Weeds
  • Wildlife in the Garden
  • Looking at Lawns
  • Hawaii: A Special Place
  • Plant List: Native Plants by Region
  • The Most Invasive of the Invasives – Top Ten List
  • Gardens to Visit – Gardens that feature native plants
  • Resources – Additional gardening information
  • Sources
  • Image Credits
  • Index
  • About the Author