By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Need a gift idea? There’s a new book by local author Doug Tallamy – he’s the man who helped a lot of gardeners like me see how smart it is to use more native plants. The book is called The Living Landscape, and the co-author is Rick Darke, who is also its principal photographer.

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Native plants welcome more birds, bees, butterflies, and other beautiful pollinators to your yard and they’re easier to care for because they’re already used to our soil and weather.

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Native plants save you time, water, and money, while making your yard look beautiful and giving you the added attraction of all the colorful wildlife they welcome to your garden.

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And here’s one more gift idea, Doug Tallamy will be at a reception at the Scott Arboretum, and you can buy a $25 ticket to this event online as a present for a pal or to yourself.