HerbSpeak Library

Published and Recommended Books for the Naturalist

In this section, you’ll find the different books published by HerbSpeak. Click on one to go to that book’s page on the website and learn more about it, including places where you can purchase it. Keep scrolling if you’re looking for recommendations for books by other authors.

How to Grow Ginseng:

A Guide to Identifying, Growing, and Harvesting American Ginseng

Out of Print – Revised & Expanded Edition Coming in Late 2023

D. K. Hall (2019)
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In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about growing ginseng – specifically American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius – and how to care for this wonderful plant from seed to harvest.

Apartment Gardening Survival Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to Urban Gardening, Edible House Plants, and Growing Food That Will Brighten Your Home

D. K. Hall (2019)
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So, you want to grow a garden, but you’ve never dug your hands into soil – and what if you don’t have any outdoor space that you can use?


A Section for Books Recommended by HerbSpeak.

These books are my recommendations for any naturalist who enjoys reading nonfiction works. Many are present in my personal library. Books enter the recommendation list once read, and only if they were an enjoyable read that held my interest the whole time. Please enjoy!

- Destynnie Berard, HerbSpeak

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  • Slime by Ruth Kassinger (Purchase)
  • What a Plant Knows by David Chamovitz (Purchase)
  • Pawpaw by Andrew Moore (Purchase)
  • The Potato by Larry Zuckerman (Purchase)
  • The Power of the Poppy by Kenaz Filan (Purchase)
  • Seeds by Carolyn Fry (Purchase)
  • The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough (Purchase)
  • Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncey, Sonny Larsson (Purchase)
  • Summer World by Bernd Heinrich (Purchase)
  • Winter World by Bernd Heinrich (Purchase)
  • The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell (Purchase)
  • The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum (Purchase)
  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Purchase)
  • The Ecology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK (Purchase)
  • Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen (Purchase)
  • Living Planet: The Living Web of Life on Earth by David Attenborough (Purchase)
  • Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation by Donald J. Leopold (Purchase)
  • Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman (Purchase)
  • The Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden by Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Trust (Purchase)
  • Carnivorous Plants of the World by James Pietropaolo, Patricia Pietropaolo (Purchase)
  • Medicinal Plants of the World by Ben-Erik van Wyk, Michael Wink (Purchase)
  • Mind Altering and Poisonous Plants of the World by Michael Wink, Ben-Erik van Wyk (Purchase)
  • Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History by Carol Gracie (Purchase)
  • Summer Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History by Carol Gracie (Purchase)
  • Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather N. Holm (Purchase)
  • Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada by Timothy J. Baroni (Purchase)
  • Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History by David L. Wagner (Purchase)
  • A Field Guide to the Ants of New England by Aaron M. Ellison (Purchase)
  • Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel (Purchase)
  • Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England by Tom Wessels (Purchase)
  • Research is Ceremony by Shawn Wilson (Purchase)
  • Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller (Purchase)
  • Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Purchase)
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Purchase)
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (Purchase)
  • Creekfinding: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Claudia McGehee (Illustrator) (Purchase)
  • The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht (Purchase)
  • A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the Worlds Most Misunderstood Bird by Rosemary Mosco (Purchase)
  • This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan (Purchase)
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Purchase)
  • Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson (Purchase)
  • Empire of Ants: The Hidden World and Extraordinary Lives of Earth’s Tiny Conquerers by Susanne Foitzik, Olaf Fritsche (Purchase)
  • Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich (Purchase)
  • Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why they Matter by Ben Goldfarb (Purchase)
  • The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of the Earthworm by Amy Stewart (Purchase)
  • The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World by Edward D. Melillo (Purchase)
  • Kunstformen der Natur, Kunstformen Aus dem Meer by Ernst Haeckel (Purchase)
  • Around the World in 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori, Lucille Clerc (Illustrator) (Purchase)