What if we could redefine what makes a garden beautiful?
That was the question that led to the creation of Beautiful Wildlife Garden. We came together as a team, a group of wildlife gardeners from around the country to begin a conversation to redefine beauty in the garden and celebrate the nature and wildlife to be found when we choose to share our space with birds, butterflies, pollinators, bats, and other wildlife.
We are a team of gardeners who love nature and have devoted our gardens to creating welcoming habitat for wildlife. We see beauty in the hum of a hummingbirds wings, the intricacy of a spider’s web, the acrobatic flight of dragonflies, and the delicate flight of the butterflies.
We use methods that respect the environment and cause no harm to ecosystems around us. We know that natural resources need to be used wisely. And we choose the most appropriate regionally native plants to entice more wildlife to find food and shelter in our gardens.
It is often said that wildlife gardens are too Wild looking, while others fear the insects and other critters who find a welcome oasis in our gardens. We want to discuss these issues, and to show that these are beautiful and welcome additions to our gardens. We want to have a conversation about the benefits of wildlife in the garden: to redefine beautiful.
Our goal is to build a voice in the gardening community that brings wildlife gardening into the mainstream, on equal footing with ornamental gardening or vegetable gardening. And we’d like to show that none are mutually exclusive.
And we’d be thrilled to have you join us in this conversation!
The Beautiful Wildlife Garden Network
Beautiful Wildlife Garden is part of a network of sites created by Carole Sevilla Brown dedicated to teaching you to make healthier choices in your gardens, support more wildlife, and protect and restore native plant communities.
Ecosystem Gardening–In July 2009, having just graduated from grad school, I launched a website based on the principles of my thesis Ecosystem Gardening: teaching you to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, native pollinators, frogs & toads and other wildlife to your garden.
Beautiful Wildlife Garden
Beautiful Wildlife Garden–In July of 2010 I was being interviewed for a radio show about Ecosystem Gardening, and I said that we needed to re-define “beauty” in our gardens. For me beauty is found in the birds, butterflies, native pollinators, frong & toads, and other wildlife who have chosen to share my space with me. So I invited a team of wildlife gardeners from around the country to share the beauty and wonders of nature to be found in the wildlife garden. I’m the creator and Managing Editor at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.
Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens
Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens–In April of 2011 I was interviewing Doug Tallamy and we were lamenting the fact that after so much discussion, very few gardeners yet know how crucial native plants are to wildlife in our gardens. So I invited a team of 30+ well-known authors, scientists, biologists, botanists, educators, restoration experts, green roof designers, and other knowledgeable experts from around the country who I’ve brought together to discuss the value of adding more native plants to our landscapes to create wildlife habitat. I’m the creator and Managing Editor of Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Please join us and participate in the conversation.
Find Native Plants
Find Native Plants–In October 2013 I realized that I was receiving many emails asking “what are the best native plants for my garden?” and also “where can I buy these native plants?” Instead of trying to answer the overwhelming number of emails individually, I created a comprehensive resource page for every state in the US and every province in Canada with links to all the native plant nurseries, native plant societies, state-specific plant lists, and other resources. Now it’s easy to find the native plants and the nurseries that carry them for your local region.
Wildlife Garden Academy
Wildlife Garden Academy–In April 2014 I launched the Wildlife Garden Academy to bring the most up to date and comprehensive education about creating wildlife gardens with native plants right to you in the comfort of your home, and at a time that works best for your schedule. New courses will be added all the time, many taught by my team members at Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens and Beautiful Wildlife Garden, as well as some surprise guests.
The Wildlife Garden Academy is home to the Wren Song Community, a free members forum and discussion area where you can ask questions, share your stories, learn from each other, and make new passionate wildlife garden friends from all over the country.