Finding Positives at the Flower Show

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For me, there’s not many positives to be found at a Flower Show. Garish displays of exotic plants from all over the world hold no appeal at all to me. Since my focus is to teach people to create welcoming habitat for wildlife with native plants so that they will attract more birds, butterflies, native […]

Heather Holm And Pollinators of Native Plants

Heather Holm profile

With the publication this week of Pollinators of Native Plants by our team member Heather Holm, I wanted to take the time to introduce Heather to you and tell you about the author behind this landmark book. Heather Holm has been a contributing author at Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens since our founding in April 2011, […]

Wildlife Garden By The Numbers

Western Tanager

As I’ve developed the concept of Ecosystem Gardening over the years, I wanted to give people a series of simple steps that were easily implemented. I wanted to teach you how to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife in their gardens so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, native […]

Birds in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Cardinal in Winter Wildlife Garden

Caring for birds in the winter wildlife garden means providing three essential elements: Food, Water, and Shelter It snowed this weekend and the temperatures have plummeted to below freezing, and will remain there all week. And I have to admit, being cold makes me cranky. But I am tucked cozily under a blanket inside my […]

Saving the Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Heinz

The Monarch Butterfly is in deep trouble, and many passionate organizations have been created to save this single species. But a focus on protecting habitat instead of concentrating on a single species will provide lasting benefits for all species of wildlife and the native plant communities that support them, a far more worthy effort to […]

Watching a Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Grow

Black Swallowtail 2 instar

On September 29 I discovered a second instar Black Swallowtail caterpillar in my wildlife garden, and I’ve been watching it grow every day since. First thing every morning I head outside with my macro lens to take photos and follow its progress. Just a few days before that I discovered a freshly emerged adult Black […]

A New Kind of Gardener

Chickadee Right sm

Summary: Despite huge environmental problems in the world, gardeners can create a new kind of garden that provides habitat for vanishing wildlife Droughts and wildfires blanket the southwest. The Rain Forest is disappearing. The Polar Bears are in trouble. Tigers, whales, and rhinos are being hunted to extinction. Our food supply is in danger. Pollinating bees […]

A Visit to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Barn Swallows

As an ecosystem gardener I get a lot of inspiration for my wildlife garden by visiting local natural areas to observe how the various pieces of an ecosystem fit together to create welcoming habitat for wildlife. Even though I live in the highly urban and over-developed city of Philadelphia, there is still a large selection […]

Rio Grande Nature Center Native Plant Garden

Black-chinned Hummingbird at Rio Grande Nature Center

Last week while in Albuquerque I discovered a wonderful native plant demonstration garden at the Rio Grande Nature Center, which I stumbled upon quite accidentally as I was driving to meet a friend for lunch and then go birding on Sandia Crest. I had spent a lovely morning at the Butterfly House at the Albuquerque […]

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