Books for Sale

Some great books on native plants and other natural history texts are available directly from our chapter volunteers, at many of our chapter events as well as through the State CNPS site

The following books are available from the Chapter. Contact Mila Stroganoff, or 650-359-1642, to purchase.

The Xerces Society Guide – Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America ’s Bees and Butterflies. 2011. Cost $32 includes tax.

Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America ’s native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat.

“Here is the most comprehensive treatment yet of native pollinators, detailing the natural history, ecological importance, taxonomy, conservation, and restoration of native pollinator communities.” –Douglas W. Tallamy, author, Bringing Nature Home





Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens, by Eric Grissell. 2010. Cost $30 includes tax.

Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants, known collectively to entomologists as the Hymenoptera. Together they maintain the garden’s biological balance; pollinate vegetables, fruits, and flowers; and recycle nutrients within the soil.“

A lively and entertaining look at the tiny, hardworking creatures our gardens depend upon. Eric Grissell will make a hymenopteran out of all of us.” – Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants.





Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, by Douglas W. Tallamy. Updated and Expanded 2009. Cost $19.50 includes tax.

As Douglas Tallamy eloquently explains, everyone can welcome more wildlife into their yards just by planting even a few native plants. With fascinating explanations and extensive lists of native plants for regional habitats, this scientifically researched book can help us all to make a difference.







Botany for Gardeners, written and illustrated by Brian Capon. 3 rd Edition. Cost $21 includes tax.

“The language is straightforward, the concepts well presented, and the information proffered in terms that will make sense to hands-on gardeners.” - Horticulture








Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis. Revised Edition 2010. Cost $27 includes tax.

“A breakthrough book for the field of organic gardening.” - American Gardener