Recently Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden celebrated our third blogiversary and I introduced you to our current team. I’m so thrilled and honored that so many of you have supported and and helped us reach this milestone. Thank you! We surely wouldn’t be here without you.
But I wanted to take this opportunity to also celebrate the original team who worked so hard to help make us what we are today.
So let’s take a walk down memory lane and give a tip of our hand and a hearty thank you to our past team members who were so vital to our initial growth.
Ellen Sousa, MA
Author at New England Habitat Gardening
Website Turkey Hill Brook Farm
Follow @THBfarm on Twitter
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.
We’re waiting patiently for Ellen to return to the team
My favorite post by Ellen Sousa:
Like it or not, we gardeners have a hobby that puts us right on the front line of international wildlife protection during what scientists are calling the Sixth Age of Extinction (the last extinction age 65 million years ago marking the end of the dinosaurs). At this point, there may not be much we can e can do at the individual level to save the polar bears, but many of the small but important critters that make their home in our gardens for some or part of the year the bees, butterflies, moths, turtles, toads, frogs….
Kathy Green, CO
Author at Gardening For Nature
Garden Designer and Coach at All Things in Nature
Follow @gardenfornature on Twitter
Kathy Green is a garden designer, garden coach and master gardener who loves helping people learn about plants, nature and the environment. Gardening at 7300′ along the Front Range of Colorado, her yard is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat. Follow her Gardening for Nature blog to see what you can do to help bring wildlife into your yard!
My favorite article by Kathy Green:
Do you want to know what one of the most welcome visitors to my garden is? Garter Snakes, also known by some as Garden Snakes, live in the various boulder walls that are my raised bed gardens. I see one almost every day in the summer time, either slithering through the understory of the flowers, sunning itself on the gravel paths, or sliding into a hole in the rocks to get to its home. Sometimes they lie very still, as in the picture above, watching for movement or for food. Other times they move very quickly, either to catch their dinner or to get out of the way of my careless feet. Whatever they are up to, these beautiful snakes are always welcome in my gardens….
Barbara Pintozzi, IL
Author at Mr. McGregor’s Daughter,
Follow @suburbangarden on Twitter
Barbara is a life-long resident of the Chicago area, and has gardened at Squirrelhaven, a typical suburban plot in the Northwest Suburbs, for over 15 years. A recovering attorney, she is now a stay-at-home mom and garden fanatic. In her spare time, she takes photographs and welds garden sculptures.
My favorite post by Barbara Pintozzi:
What is your reaction to the above photo? Do you want to run to the store for some chemicals to get rid of the weed in the lawn? Or are you charmed by a native wildflower? I shudder at the first reaction, which I fear is the all too common one after decades of propaganda by chemical and lawn care companies (They Who Must Not Be Named) to brainwash everyone into believing the only good lawn is a weed-free, perfectly manicured greensward of nothing but grass….
Gail Eichelberger, TN
Author at Clay and Limestone
Follow @clayanlimestone on Twitter
Part time psychotherapist, blogger, gardener and owner of Clay and Limestone garden~ home of the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox and other fantastic native plants. Gardens in middle Tennessee.
My favorite article by Gail Eichelberger:
Does neatness matter in a wildlife garden? That’s what I’ve been pondering as I stare out the patio door to the wilderness known as my Garden of Benign Neglect. It’s more spring garden that overflows with native ephemerals, wildflowers and bulbs. During the summer it’s quieter with monardas, grasses and phlox; come fall the color ratchets up when liatris, goldenrods and salvias start blooming. It’s always been a little wild and flowers have been allowed to romp about; but, after a summer of gardener absence and a serious drought, it’s looking more than rough!
Kelly Senser, VA
Editor at National Wildlife Magazine
Follow @klsnature on Twitter
Kelly Senser is a nature-loving mom who’s passionate about wildlife gardening and outdoor play. She works at the National Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit conservation group. Her favorite place to explore is her family’s northern Virginia backyard, which is a Certified Wildlife Habitat site. When her son calls a bug club meeting or her daughter pauses to bird-watch, you’ll find her smiling from ear to ear. She’s happy to nurture their sense of wonder; it keeps her own alive.
My favorite article by Kelly Senser:
Damselfly photo by Benimoto, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license While I learn about local wildlife from a variety of sources, I especially enjoy lessons from my fellow nature lovers. On one of the family walks offered by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (highly recommended!), leader Andy Rabin, an Odonata enthusiast, asked participants if we knew the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly. Truth be told, I didn’t at the time. But I soon learned with the help of a fairy-tale comparison.
Lisa Gustavson, NY
Author at Get in the Garden, Facebook Page, Follow @GetInTheGarden on Twitter
I’ve been planting and growing with my husband and our four children for over fifteen years… starting when and we bought our first (and present) home in upstate NY (zone 6). In raising our four children we wanted to provide a beautiful and natural backyard playground for them to explore and discover in. Our choice from the very start was to grow only plants that would feed us or nature. Ever since, we’ve been growing organic, sustainable food for our family and nature right in our half-acre yard. We planted native shrubs and flowers for wildlife, provided feeders and shelters and have even built a small pond. Herbs, edible flowers, vegetables and fruit trees occupy the space that was once a lawn. We have regular visits from deer, skunks, possums, raccoons, rabbits, herons, woodchucks, ducks and even a fox! There are plenty of resident birds, frogs, toads and bees that not only are fascinating to watch…they’re co-workers in our efforts. Gardens and wildlife work beautifully together!
My favorite article by Lisa Gustavson:
What do you get when you combine a beautiful fall day, ripe vegetables and fruits from the garden, and flower seed heads? A fun nature project for your beautiful wildlife garden! Part treasure hunt and part arts & crafts, teaching kids how to make their own wild bird food and wildlife treats is a fun and inexpensive way to observe the wildlife living in your garden, learn more about nature and have a lot of fun! This project is super-easy and fall is the perfect season to gather everything you need… so grab a basket, head outside and get started!
Meredith O’Reilly, TX
Meredith gardens for wildlife in central Texas, Zone 8b. She believes that everyone should be touched by nature. Her garden is a Best of Texas Backyard Habitat, filled primarily with native plants, and she spends as much time documenting the wildlife that visits her garden as she does the plants in it. Meredith also is a volunteer Habitat Steward with the National Wildlife Federation. She led the creation of a large butterfly-hummingbird demonstration garden at her son’s elementary school and is busy expanding the school’s green programs. In addition, Meredith enjoys spreading the word about wildlife gardening through presentations to groups of all ages. But her dearest pleasure is seeing the delight on her kids’ faces as they discover something new in the garden.
My favorite article by Meredith O’Reilly:
Ahhh, the soil. It’s a world within a world, and learning about it can be a most eye-opening experience. After all, many of us grew up with the idea that soil is just a dark inorganic layer of minerals, but today scientists know that there is an entire ecosystem in existence in healthy soil. The soil. The interactions of all the living creatures in the soil– the biota– form a food web, and each creature is a key part of the natural balance of the ecosystem. Ultimately, plants and larger animals depend on the soil biota — it’s a symbiotic relationship across the board…..
Chris McLaughlin, CA
- Author at A Suburban Farmer
- Website Kid Safe Landscape
- Facebook Page
- Follow @Suburban_Farmer on Twitter
Chris is a garden writer, author, and blogger. Her recent book, the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting teaches us to remember the wildlife that thrives in healthy soil. She’s been gardening for over 30 years and became a Master Gardener in 2000. While living in the California Sierra foothills, she did wildlife rehab with Sierra Wildlife Rescue. It seemed natural to Chris to blend her love for gardening and wildlife by becoming certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward so that she could help people create wildlife gardens in their yards. On her Northern California suburban farm, Chris grows anything that’ll stop long enough to grow roots and has vegetable gardens, wildlife gardens, flowers gardens, and even (*gasp*) a lawn. Also check out Chris’ other books:
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small Space Gardening
- Hobby Farms: Rabits: Small-scale Rabbit Keeping
- Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Chris McLaughlin is a very prolific author, and had no time to keep up with us as you can see. My favorite article by Chris McLaughlin:
This year my 4H Wildlife Project group is going to certify my yard as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. While I have everything necessary to become certified (food, water, cover, and a place to raise young) in my wildlife garden, I would really like to add more native berry producing plants to help over-wintering birds thrive through the cold months. Winter berry-producing shrubs in the wildlife garden help fill in as sustenance when the other food sources such as plants-gone-to-seed are long gone.
Helen Yoest, NC
Author at Gardening With Confidence
Follow @HelenYoest on Twitter
Helen Yoest, Raleigh, NC, Zone 7b. Half-acre suburban lot. Through her business, Gardening With Confidence™, Helen is a freelance garden writer, speaker, coach and field editor for Better Home and Gardens and Country Gardens magazines. She believes environmental stewardship begins at home. Holding a MS in Environmental Engineering, Helen believes in the ability to “engineer” a better world expect where nature is involved. Helen shares her garden, Helen’s Haven™, with her husband and three children.
My favorite article by Helen Yoest:
It’s right about this time of year and through the fall, the female garden spider (Argiope aurantia) becomes visible in the wildlife garden. Their web is characterized by the ‘Z’ shaped line in the middle of her web giving rise to one of the species common names – writing spider. What I read is, “Welcome to my natural world.” Garden Spiders are harmless to humans and create beautiful art in the garden. Flying insects such as aphids, flies, bees, and such, are caught in their sticky web.
A Round of Applause Please
When I started Beautiful Wildlife Garden over three years ago, I had no idea that we would grow into one of the top 30 blogs at the Nature Blog Network, that we would have over 6800 supportive fans at our Facebook page, or that you would leave us over 10,000 thoughtful comments at our more than 900 articles. I just wanted to create a place where we could have a conversation about creating more welcoming habitat for wildlife in our gardens.
Thanks to each of you that supported us along our journey.
And please take some time to visit our former team members websites and thank them for helping us create Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden. We are forever indebted for their efforts.
Also meet the current Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden and please stop by our articles and tell us what you think
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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