Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens by Region

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Our team members at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens and also at Beautiful Wildlife Garden are spread out all over North America. To help you locate the best information by the region where you live, here’s a guide to our team members. I recognize that some of these regional divisions may seem arbitrary and not […]

Best of Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens 2014

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Happy New Year! As the year winds down I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at our most popular articles by each of our team members from this year for your learning pleasure. Best of Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Will We All Die if Honeybees Disappear? by Beatriz […]

Wildlife Garden and Native Plant News

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Our team members at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens along with the team at our sister site Beautiful Wildlife Garden are quite prolific writers. They each have at least one personal website (many have more than one), and often write for other sites as well. In addition many other sites publish very interesting articles about […]

What Do We Learn From Hawk Watch Counts?

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From late August through November the skies are full of migrating hawks, falcons, and eagles as they move south for the winter. …This site is called “The River of Raptors”, but until actually standing in the midst of so many migrating birds, the phenomenon is simply unbelievable! The sky was filled with birds, the counters […]

Questions for Your Nursery

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When shopping for native plants there are a few very important questions to ask your local nursery before buying anything. Are neonicotinoids used by grower of these native plants? Most wildlife gardeners are choosing plants that will support native pollinators: bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. But some nurseries pre-treat their nursery plants with chemicals that […]

What’s All the Fuss About Neonicotinoids?


Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides that will kill the very pollinators you’re trying to attract to your wildlife garden. A systemic pesticide is absorbed into all parts of the plant: leaves, flowers, pollen, and nectar which means that any caterpillar feeding on that plant, any butterfly sipping some nectar, or any native bee collecting pollen are […]

How to Find Native Plants for Your Garden

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Native Plants Attract Wildlife What should I plant? This is the most frequently asked question I get asked as I travel around the country speaking at conferences and giving workshops about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. But the answer to this question is not as simple as you may think. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. But […]

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Celebrates 3 Years

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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

Skunk Cabbage, a welcome sign of spring

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. Wissahickon Park, Bells Mills Section While there are lots of things to complain about in the city of Philadelphia, one thing they […]

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 […]

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