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Wild Plant Culture: A Guide to Restoring Edible and Medicinal Native Plant Communities (Paperback)

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Reconnect. Restore. Reciprocate. Repairing landscapes and reconnecting us to the wild plant communities around us.

Integrating restoration practices, foraging, herbalism, rewilding, and permaculture, Wild Plant Culture is a comprehensive guide to the ecological restoration of native edible and medicinal plant communities in Eastern North America.

Blending science, practice, and traditional knowledge, it makes bold connections that are actionable, innovative, and ecologically imperative for repairing both degraded landscapes and our broken cultural relationship with nature. Coverage includes:

  • Understanding and engaging in mutually beneficial human-plant connections
  • Techniques for observing the land's existing and potential plant communities
  • Baseline monitoring, site preparation, seeding, planting, and maintaining restored areas
  • Botanical fieldwork restoration stories and examples
  • Detailed profiles of 209 native plants and their uses.

Both a practical guide and an evocative read that will transport you deep into the natural landscape, Wild Plant Culture is an essential toolkit for gardeners, farmers, and ecological restoration practitioners, highlighting the important role humans play in tending and mending native plant communities.


  • SILVER 2023 Nautilus Book Awards Green, Restorative Practices / Sustainability
  • HONORABLE MENTION 2023 American Horticultural Society Book Awards

About the Author

Jared Rosenbaum is a botanist, native plant grower, and ecological restoration practitioner. He and his wife run Wild Ridge Plants LLC, which grows local ecotype native plants using sustainable practices, performs botanical surveys, and provides ecological restoration planning services. Jared has extensive experience in stewardship and monitoring of natural communities. He is known as an educator in plant ecology, ecological restoration, and the cultural uses of wild plant foods and medicines. Jared is the author of two prior books on native plants, including the children's book The Puddle Garden, and maintains an active blog at He is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner by the Society for Ecological Restoration. He lives in New Jersey.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780865719804
ISBN-10: 0865719802
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English