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.

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.

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.

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.