The Art of The Wildlife Garden

Wildlife gardeners are a friendly lot, always eager to share a cutting of their favorite hummingbird plant, to pass along seeds from their garden, and to share their knowledge of the wildlife that visits their garden, and the plants that attract them. They are eager to teach others how to create welcoming habitats for wildlife in their gardens.

But they’re also amazingly creative, decorating their wildlife gardens with bits of whimsy,  gorgeous art, and fun signs. These artistic touches create welcoming habitats for people. Comfy, beautiful, and creative spaces for human enjoyment and to benefit wildlife. What could be better than that?

Our own Barbara Pintozzi has taken up welding to create stunning garden sculptures in her beautiful wildlife garden.

And our own Gail Eichelberger has created a stunning bottle tree at Clay and Limestone. It’s simple yet beautiful.

The Bottle Tree at Clay and Limestone © Gail Eichelberger

How about a cupola growing in a wildlife garden bed?

Cupola Garden

A sign that makes a statement?

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Buildings as Art

The Artist’s Touch

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But For Some, No Ornaments are Necessary
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How do you express your creativity in your wildlife garden? What touches of whimsy feed your soul? Please stop by our Facebook page and show us your creative touches in your garden for wildlife.

Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.

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  1. says

    Here in Florida, I’ve learned to stick to what’s natural since whatever whimsy you put out in the garden needs to be gathered and stored when the hurricanes come, a major task when time is of the essence. I have an old branch from a meyer lemon tree stuck in the ground as a landing area for dragonflies and I do have a metal sundial and a 200 lb dog statue who needs it’s garden hat changed since it is faded from the intense sun. This native New Yorker still finds it difficult to pass up the garden art.
    Loret recently posted..Butterfly of Winter

    • says

      Loret, having helped my mom batten down the hatches in her Florida home, I can totally understand your desire to keep things simple! Ya’ll get some rough weather down there :) I tend to keep my garden simple and mostly natural too, but that’s because my ornaments are the birds and butterflies who make their home here. I’m always intrigued, though when I visit other gardens and see such beautiful artistic touches. People’s creativity always amazes me.
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  2. says

    Carole, Thank you for including my Bottle Tree in your post! It never fails to draw visitors into the garden…and makes me smile when ever I see it. I use benches and containers to add pops of color during the too green summer and shades of brown winter in my natural garden. I do like that cupola and the hummer is a beautiful capture. gail
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  3. says

    I have a lovely giant fish sculpture covered in mosaic tiles that my stepfather made for me (he’s a sculptor.) I treasure the fish, and on one occasion drove across the country with it and all my worldly possessions in the backseat.

    Unfortunately, we haven’t yet made a good spot in the garden for it, so it’s been living on the porch–my boyfriend keeps asking when I’ll build the Shrine To The Fish in the garden!
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    • says

      Ursula, I can relate to transporting garden art in the car. The 200lb dog statue was brought home from the store seat-belted into the passenger seat because I would have never been able to lift it out of a trunk. I gently maneuvered it from the front seat, after unbelting it, of course!
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  4. Barbara Pintozzi says

    Thank you for including my fledgling effort. I like the sailfish weathervane and the funky totems. Sometimes the birds use the art as a perch. It’s kind of funny.

  5. says

    Fun to read, the scythes and the teakettle filled with sedums both made me smile! We don’t have a lot of ornaments except for a couple of tall weathervanes that the phoebes and dragonflies LOVE to use as perches. Oh, and hubby’s stone sculptures, but he gets mad if birds land on them and topple the rocks :-)


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