NPWG Header 320x120Welcome to Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens! We are a team of passionate professionals from all over North America: authors, professors, writers, landscape designers, biologists, botanists, gardeners, and photographers. We share a mission that native plants are vital to healthy ecosystems, and by adding more native plants to our landscapes we will create better habitat for birds, butterflies, native bees, and other wildlife.

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*Tips for planning your wildlife garden *How to choose the best native plants *How To projects for your wildlife garden *Recommended resources *Breaking news on upcoming projects *A summary of each article published by our team members each week

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Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Celebrates 3 Years

On April 18, 2011 I put the first post up here at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens describing our mission and what we hoped to accomplish. I had been interviewing Doug Tallamy and we were lamenting the fact that after so many years of his traveling the country to educate folks about the value and necessity of native plants for wildlife in our gardens, after all the traveling I do speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife, and after all the educational efforts of so many other … [Read More...]

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Native Plants Are For People, Too!

Every reader of this blog knows that native plants are crucial to our native pollinators,  birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. But native plants are for people, too. Why? Because people need the refreshment and inspiration that come from beauty, and native plants are beautiful. It has … [Read More...]

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Don’t Be Greedy: Plant Lust, Done Right

I’m a collector of the worst sort. Totally obsessed with gathering up every example of my favorite thing and bringing it home to arrange in a display. Every year, I add a few more. Or fifty. I’m sure you know how innocently it starts: First you get one cute little elephant to sit on the shelf, … [Read More...]

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Planning for Climate Change

I have been reevaluating my landscape for the last few years to determine where I could include more forage plants for pollinators. I have a very treed yard with one open, sunny area on a gravel slope. After hearing two more climate change presentations this winter at various conferences, I decided … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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The Garden Divorce, With Sunflower

Gardens do so much for us. They console us, welcome us, connect us. They bring us moments of peace and reflection. They humble. They teach. Unfortunately, we also idealize our gardens (see previous sentences), place them on a pedestal so magnificent they almost seem untouchable and impervious to … [Read More...]

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it’s all about the bugs!

Maybe it’s because I’m reading my copy of Heather Holm’s brand new book Pollinators of Native Plants, or maybe I’ve been inspired by the Montana Native Plant Society’s recent plant conference that focused on pollinators, or maybe it’s just part of my own evolution as a native plant grower, but I’m … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Ribbit, a Pacific tree frog (just about center), hides from my after-dusk light show.  Tree Frog Pond, a half wine barrel pond, has juncus reed and algae to encourage Ribbit's mate to lay eggs in the pond.

Ribbit’s Time of Year

Amphibians throughout Planet Earth have not been doing very well recently.  Individuals and whole species are disappearing at a scary fast rate.  I will not go into alarming statistics -- let's just say that they are in big trouble.  Heeding their call for help ("ribbit, ribbit, ribbit...."), my … [Read More...]

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American plum, Prunus americana

Native Plants Are For People, Too!

Every reader of this blog knows that native plants are crucial to our native pollinators,  birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. But native plants are for people, too. Why? Because people need the refreshment and inspiration that come from beauty, and native plants are beautiful. It has … [Read More...]

123GT-3

Don’t Be Greedy: Plant Lust, Done Right

I’m a collector of the worst sort. Totally obsessed with gathering up every example of my favorite thing and bringing it home to arrange in a display. Every year, I add a few more. Or fifty. I’m sure you know how innocently it starts: First you get one cute little elephant to sit on the shelf, … [Read More...]

harebell

Planning for Climate Change

I have been reevaluating my landscape for the last few years to determine where I could include more forage plants for pollinators. I have a very treed yard with one open, sunny area on a gravel slope. After hearing two more climate change presentations this winter at various conferences, I decided … [Read More...]

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Perennials Emerging in our Woods

After the endless winter who isn’t eager for spring? Each day I stroll through the garden and woods looking for signs of spring, perennials peeking through the woodland leaf litter and garden soil. It all happens so quickly that I am afraid to be away even for a few days. I remember when, as a … [Read More...]

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Grow Your Own DYC Birdseed

Over the past few months in my blogs, I have been discussing "DYC's" which are "Darned Yellow Compositae," or "Deliciously Yummy Compositae" depending on your viewpoint.   You may already entice seed-eating birds such as the lesser goldfinch into your garden with DYC seed you purchase … [Read More...]

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Mindful Management

Outfitted in yellow Nomex and armed with a rubber flapper, I wait for the drip torch to start a burn line along the base of last year’s bluestem stalks that still tower over a five-acre prairie. The winds are in our favor and the flames are out almost as quickly as they started, leaving a charred … [Read More...]