Meet Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden
Brenda Clements Jones, VA
Author/Photographer at Tendrils
Carole Sevilla Brown, Managing Editor, PA
Author at Ecosystem Gardening
Managing Editor at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens
Facebook Page: Ecosystem Gardening
Follow @CB4wildlife on Twitter
Carole Brown is a Conservation Biologist, educator, and speaker who firmly believes that wildlife conservation begins in your garden. She is passionate about Ecosystem Gardening–teaching you to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming wildlife habitat in your garden so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife. Her garden is #35038 Certified Wildlife Habitat at NWF, and is located in Philadelphia, PA. Watch for her book, Ecosystem Gardening coming out soon.
Donna Donabella, NY
Author at Garden’s Eye View
Follow @fairygardening on Twitter
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.
Ellen Honeycutt, GA
Author at: Using Georgia Native Plants
About Ellen Honeycutt: “I am a passionate native plant gardener near Atlanta, GA who is learning to appreciate more every day the relationship that plants have with our native fauna. I created a personal blog, Using Georgia Native Plants, to help increase the level of regional native plant information available to average gardeners. I try to emphasize the beauty and versatility of native plants as landscape choices as well as the value to the local ecosystem.”
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.
Jacqueline Soule, AZ
Website: Gardening with Soule
Author of Father Kino’s Herbs
Jacqueline’s posts at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens
Jacqueline Soule, Ph.D. is a long-time Southwest garden writer and has nine published books on gardening in our unique climate, with a focus on using native plants. She is delighted to join the team at Native Plant & Wildlife Gardens, and looks forward to a pleasing and productive partnership.
Jesse Elwert Peters, NY
Author at: Jessecology
Follow @jessecology on Twitter
Jesse Elwert Peters is an ecologist, habitat garden designer and garden coach with her business, Jessecology, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her vision as a garden designer is to create naturally beautiful and low maintenance gardens using mostly NY native plants that co-operate with nature.
Judy Burris, KY
Website: Butterfly Nature
Judy Burris and her brother Wayne Richards are authors, photographers and naturalists. Their gardens focus on host plants to support native butterflies and other insects and critters in every stage of their development. Judy and Wayne live just 3 miles apart from each other in northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati. Their co-authored books include: The Life Cycles of Butterflies, The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs, and also Nature’s Notes. Their website is Butterfly Nature
Kathy Vilim, CA
Author at Native Gardener
Follow @nativegardener on twitter
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.
Mary Pellerito, MI
Website: It’s The Simple Things
Author at: Going Native
Facebook Page: Going Native
Mary Pellerito is a freelance writer based in Michigan. She has been published in Grit magazine and the local newspaper. She writes a weekly blog post, Going Native, for Grit as well. Mary also offers workshops on native plants and natural habitat gardening. In her blog, It’s The Simple Things, Mary writes about her garden, her travels, and her thoughts on the natural world. Mary also has a Facebook page, Going Native, where she shares photos and stories about a myriad of topics that interest her. Mary is an Advanced Master Gardener.
Loret T. Setters, FL
Author at Osceola FL Garden Blah Blah Blog
Follow @PineLilyFNPS on Twitter
I’m a retired, transplanted New Yorker who lives on a rural acre in Central Florida with 3 sporting dogs and plenty of wildlife. I’ve always preferred wildflowers to sterile store-bought plants and love to watch things grow as I try to identify them. Since my move to Florida in 2004, I’ve learned the term “native plants” and apparently have always been a native plant gardener without realizing the important role my “weeds” and I have played in helping wildlife all these years. With the advent of digital cameras, I always took pictures of my flowers, but this past year I have developed a fascination with insects and love photographing them and finding out their purpose in a biodiverse world. I’m an active member of the Florida Native Plant Society and I tweet and maintain the Facebook page for their Osceola County chapter, Pine Lily. I’m also the editor of their monthly newsletter, The Lily Pad. I garden for wildlife ~ the benefit to my senses is merely a bonus.
Ursula Vernon, NC
Author at Squash’s Garden
Author/artist at Red Wombat Studio
Ursula Vernon is a children’s book author/illustrator and painter of weird little things. She lives with her boyfriend in North Carolina, where she collects native plants and gardens with more enthusiasm than skill. In between battling Japanese honeysuckle and wrestling with heavy clay soil, she finds time to blog and chase birds around with binoculars.
Former Team Members
Karyl Seppala, GA
Author at Native Plant Wildlife Gardening
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 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!
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.
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.
Kelly Senser, VA
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.
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!
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.
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:
Helen Yoest, NC
Author at Gardening With ConfidenceFacebook PageFollow @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.
Adrian Ayres Fisher, Ecological Gardening
Carol Duke, Flower Hill Farm
Donna L. Long, In Season
Kelly Brenner, Metropolitan Field Guide
Kylee Baumle, Our Little Acre
Heather Holm, Restoring the Landscape with Native Plants
Rebecca Nickols, The Garden Roof Coop