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Note that Washington County, Minnesota is offering grants to convert turf to prairie. Find details here.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Visit their website to locate local design experts.

Beck, T. 2013. Principles of Ecological Landscape Design. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. website for making native plant choices.

Brookes, J.  1991. The Book of Garden Design. New York: Wiley.

Hadden, E. 2012. Beautiful No-Mow Yards. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

McHarg, I. L. 1969. Design with Nature. Garden City, NY: Published for the American Museum of Natural History by the Natural History Press. 1992. Design with Nature: 25th Anniversary Edition. New York: Wiley.

Minnesota Department of Commerce. 2000. “Saving Energy with Trees.” (Graphics depict best placement for energy savings. Caveat: Plant native species to avoid invasive introduced species, i.e. Amur maple, Norway maple, and Russian olive.)

Nagel, V. 2010. Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Steiner, L. 2011. Landscaping with Native Plants. Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press.
Xerces Society. 2011. Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Darke, Rick. 2014. The Living Lanscape: Designing for Beauty and iodiversity in the Home Garden.  Portland, OR:Timber Press Publishing.

Hadden, Evelyn. 2014. Hellstrip Gardening. Portland, OR: Timber Press Publishing



i-Tree Design is a website tool that gives a simple starting point for understanding the value of an individual tree to the community. By inputting location, species, tree size and condition, users will receive an understanding of tree benefits related to greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality improvements and storm water interception.

Reach out for help if you have unanswered questions. Good references include the organization “Wild Ones” or the National Wildlife Federation, that has a program certifying landscapes which embrace sustainable design and maintenance. Or consult a native plant society or DNR chapter in your area.


Beresford-Kroeger, D. 2003. Arboretum America. Ann Arbor, MI: U of MI Press.

Darke, R. 2002. The American Woodland: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Oudolf, P & N. Kingsbury. 2005. Planting Design. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Tallamy, D. 2007. Bringing Nature Home. Portland, OR: Timber Press.