“Portland landscape designer, conservationist and photographer Eileen Stark persuasively campaigns with ecological as well as practical evidence for going native. Native plants support the food chain, conserve water and are frequently as striking as so-called exotics. Design, plant selection (“100 of the most garden-worthy Pacific Northwest indigenous plants”), identification, cultivation and display ― Stark supplies all but the sunshine.”    — Eugene Register Guard

“In our own gardens, we can contribute to the health of our planet’s biodiversity by following this book’s lead.”    — Bellingham Herald

“A common-sense approach to rewilding.”    — Seattle Times | Pacific NW Magazine

“Represents one of the most thorough efforts to review the benefits of regionally native plants, in combination with information on basic garden techniques and design principles.”    — Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin and Elizabeth C. Miller Library

“Whether you are new to landscaping with native plants or have enjoyed it for years and want to find new ways to persuade your friends and neighbors to join you in the joys of native plant gardening, this book is for you.”    — Washington Native Plant Society, Douglasia

“The author has given her readers a true thing of beauty. Prepare to be dazzled by the photography as she invites you into a deep and timely conversation that everyone’s conscientious ‘inner gardener’ seeks.”    — Dale Cramer Burr, (former) Executive Director, Lower Nehalem Community Trust

“With Ms. Stark’s book, you have a clear guide to transforming your own patch of the planet into a haven for native plants and animals. She offers advice for all situations – even if you’re currently stuck with a turf lawn and overbearing hedges, or you’re in the unusual situation of tackling a blank slate.”    — Washington Butterfly Association G’num

“… this is an excellent reference book for gardeners, landscape designers, conservationists and others. The photography is beautiful and complements the book nicely. The first half is full of practical and useful information, but the plant section is worth the price alone and is a valuable resource.”   — Kelly Brenner, The Metropolitan Field Guide

“Support wildlife, conserve water, attract bees and other pollinators, and make your yard beautiful. Geared towards Pacific Northwest gardens, this book has great information to help you to replicate our wonderful and unique ecosystem at home.”  — Eva F.,

Praise from readers:

I love this book and it’s changed my gardening. It’s brought amazing life to our garden. It’s directly related to the addition of native plants because I’ve never seen so many native bees, spiders, flies, ladybugs and birds!”     — R.R., Oregon

“Hands down best book on gardening for wildlife in our area + 100 amazing plant profiles!”                — Karli Del Biondo, Oregon

“This book is my new garden “Bible”.  I recommend it often in social media groups and in the “Nextdoor” gardening groups. I wish I could put one in the hands of each PNW gardener!”                 — J.D., Washington

“It is my new favorite book. As a longtime botanist, I didn’t have the insight to understand why I advocate for planting natives, but thanks to [this] book, I have a newfound passion and enthusiasm for restoring our environment via planting natives in my city parks (and backyard).”                                — R.S., Washington

“Perhaps the best and most important book for native plant gardening for my area in the PNW.    Get it.”    — M.K., Oregon

“I get great ideas from “Real Gardens Grow Natives” book and blog. Check it out! The book was at the library and I liked it so much I purchased it.”      — C.R., Oregon