Celebrating 3 Years With Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

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 […]

Walk in Wissahickon Woods

Nothing is as soothing or relaxing for me as taking a walk in the woods after a long and stressful week. This week I chose the Bells Mills Rd section of Wissahickon Park. While there are lots of things to complain about in the city of Philadelphia, one thing they are really good at is […]

Finding Positives At The Flower Show

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

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, […]

Birds in the 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 house. It’s […]

Saving the Monarch Butterfly

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 many […]

Watching a Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Grow

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 Swallowtail butterfly perched on […]

A New Kind of Gardener

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 are […]

A Visit to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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 of natural […]

Native Plant Garden 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. Native grasses, cacti, and blooming perennials, including the beautiful Buffalo Gourd, lined the winding wooded […]

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