Using Native Plants to Restore Community in Southwest Michigan and Beyond


A Wonderful Gift!
click here for a charming review from the Lawton Free Reader 

Written by Nancy Cutbirth Small and Tom Small, co-founders of the Kalamazoo Area chapter of Wild Ones.

The book may also be purchased for $25 at various local venues, also national services for the convenience of those out of state. Or, to request a copy by mail directly from KAWO, send a donation of $25, check payable to Nancy Small Memorial Fund – plus $10 shipping and handling (single copies only) – to 2502 Waite Ave., Kalamazoo MI 49008. For more than one copy, please email

  •  270 pages of practical, specific advice and inspiration to help you create a more environmentally friendly landscape in yards large and not-so-large
  • Featuring 150 original illustrations by distinguished area artists
  • Proceeds go to the Nancy Small Memorial Fund for environmental education

Nancy Small spent the last two years of her life writing a book that would include much of Tom’s and her writing over the course of their life together as co-founders and leaders of Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones. During the last months of her life in 2009 she made Tom promise over and over that he would finish the book. He has kept his promise.

Tom has revised and updated many of Nancy’s plant lists for Wild Ones members, as well as many of the essays they wrote, separately or together, for various publications, including newsletters and journals of Wild Ones, Wildflower Association of Michigan, and Quaker Earthcare Witness, the Quaker environmental organization for the Americas. And there’s much entirely new material.

The book includes about 150 wonderful illustrations by five local and regional artists and scientific illustrators: Ladislav Hanka, Amelia Hansen, Elizabeth Henderson, and Nancy Stroupe, all from southwest Michigan, and Nancy Halliday, a scientific illustrator from Illinois. The book’s design is by Linda Judy, a professional book designer who recently retired as the designer for WMU’s Medieval Institute Publications and Cistercian Publications.