Charlotte Adelman

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz are the authors of Prairie Directory of North America – The United States, Canada, and Mexico and The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award from the National Garden Clubs. In 2014, Adelman was awarded an Audubon Chicago Region Habitat Project Conservation Leadership Award.

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Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees · Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species: An Illustrated Guide
By Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz

In this companion volume to the bestselling The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz offer another indispensible guide to replacing nonnative plants with native alternatives. This time, their subject is the native woody species that are the backbone of our gardens and landscapes.

“Profusely and beautiful illustrated with full color photography throughout, and impressively comprehensive, exceptionally informative, extraordinarily well written, and thoroughly user-friendly in organization and presentation… Strongly recommended for professional, community, and academic library Midwestern gardening, horticultural, and conservation collections [and] the personal reading lists of landscapers, gardeners, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.”

Midwest Book Review




Winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award, presented by the National Garden Clubs.

The Midwestern Native Garden · Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants
By Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz

The Midwestern Native Garden offers Midwestern gardeners and landscapers—amateurs and professionals—a comprehensive selection of noninvasive regional native wildflowers and plants to replace or complement popular nonnative species.

“At last, an idea whose time has come! This is the only book I know of, for the Midwest, that systematically suggests native plants of similar appearance and growing requirements, to replace nonnatives we might otherwise plant in our landscapes. Importantly, The Midwestern Native Garden alerts the reader to the natives’ unique roles in attracting and sustaining increased biodiversity in our gardens.”

Maryann Whitman, Editor, Wild Ones Journal