Beautiful Wildlife Garden Celebrates 2nd Blogiversary

Wow! Has it been 2 years already?

Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments, your support, and your passion for creating beautiful gardens for wildlife! It has been so wonderful to take this journey with you, to get to know you, and to learn from your experience. We appreciate every one of you.

Beautiful Wildlife Garden is a team of passionate wildlife gardeners from around the country dedicated to showing you the beauty of nature when we decide to share our space with birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators, frogs, toads, and so much more as we celebrate gardens full of life.

And thanks to each member of our team who has worked so hard to show you their beautiful wildlife gardens and to share the critters and plants that create such welcoming habitat for wildlife in our gardens.

Please take a moment to get to know each member of our team:

Urusula Vernon

Ursula Vernon lives in North Carolina  where she gardens for wildlife with her cats, her boyfriend, and a beagle, and is still astonished when anything comes back at all in the spring. She is also part of the team at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.

Ursula is a freelance writer, artist and illustrator. She is best known for the webcomicDigger and the children’s books Dragonbreath and Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew, and a fantasy novel entitled Black Dogs. Ursula is also the creator of the Biting Pear of Salamanca, a work which became an internet meme in the form of the “LOL WUT” pear. Ursula’s cover for Best in Show won the 2003 Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration. She was nominated for the 2006 Eisner Awards in the category Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition for her work on Digger.

Ellen Sousa

Ellen Sousa gardens, farms, writes and teaches from Turkey Hill Brook Farm, a small horse farm in the Worcester Hills of central Massachusetts. Author of The Green Garden: The New England Guide to Planning, Planting and Maintaining an Eco-Friendly Habitat Garden, published by Bunker Hill Publishing in summer 2011. She also blogs about habitat and earth-friendly gardening in New England and is on the team at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Follow @THBfarm on twitter.

Donna Donabella

Donna Donabella is a self taught gardener who has gardened in central NY State for 25 years. Although her day job has been in public education for 27 years, her passion lies in all types of gardening. Donna’s journey through life has been enriched and influenced by her gardening experiences which she shares on her blog Garden’s Eye View. Donna has recently started her own garden design business, Purple Door Garden Designs.

Karyl Seppala

Karyl Seppalla gardens for wildlife in northern Georgia. Her focus is wildlife gardening, biodiversity and native plants which is truly a labor of love. She writes about her adventures at Native Plant Wildlife Gardening, and you can find her on twitter. She says “…and oh, I’m kind of a dork and get really excited about things like baby turtles. Bear with me on that please.”

Kathy Vilim

Lifelong lover of nature.. I enjoy writing about what I see around me & photographing it. I garden in Southern California where I have lived many years and have enjoyed all of them. Happy to share tips on native gardening and lessons learned, as well as critters met. Follow @nativegardener on twitter

Loret T. Setters

Loret is an active member of The Florida Native Plant Society. She writes about wildlife happenings in her native plant garden on a rural acre in Central Florida at the Osceola FL Garden Blah Blah Blog, and is part of the team at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Follow @PineLilyFNPS for daily updates on conservation and native plants.
“I garden for wildlife ~ the benefit to my senses is merely a bonus

Carole Sevilla Brown

And me :) Carole Sevilla Brown is a Conservation Biologist who firmly believes that wildlife conservation begins in your own back yard. Carole is an author, educator, speaker, and passionate birder, butterfly watcher,  and naturalist who travels around the country teaching people to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife.. She gardens for wildlife in Philadelphia, zone 6b, and created the philosophy of Ecosystem Gardening. Watch for her book Ecosystem Gardening, due out soon. Carole is managing editor of  Beautiful Wildlife Garden, and also  Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Follow Carole on twitter, @CB4wildlife and on Google+


I’m excited to announce that we’ll be adding several new members over the next couple of weeks, and I can’t wait till you meet them!

Also, if you’re interested in contributing to the team, you can submit your photos and stories at the Write for Beautiful Wildlife Garden page. We’ll be excited to have you, too!

Thanks again for all your support, your comments and thoughtful discussions here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden!

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

    Congratulations! I always enjoy reading your posts. I don’t comment often as living at the other end of the world I am not familiar with most of the plants and wildlife described, however I thoroughly enjoy reading about other enthusiastic native gardeners. If only we convince the whole world to plant what grows naturally in their areas.
    Garden Girl in South Africa recently posted..Crab Spider


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