One of the best things you can do to learn more about wildlife gardening in your area is to find a community of wildlife gardeners to ask what’s working for them, learn about what didn’t work so well, discover how to attract different wildlife species, and make friends with other wildlife gardeners.
Lonely for Other Wildlife Gardeners
When I first started designing and installing wildlife gardens for homeowners, businesses, and churches almost 30 years ago one of the biggest drawbacks aside from the fact that there wasn’t a lot of accurate information from which to learn how to create successful wildlife gardens, was the fact that I was lonely–I really wished I knew someone else to share stories with and learn from each other because I was creating these wildlife gardens on trial and error. And at the start my clients and I made a lot of errors based on faulty information from the “experts” who were publishing books at that time.
Today you could simply Google “wildlife gardening” and find a lot of other people to connect with, but at that time, the internet wasn’t what it is today and it wasn’t easy to discover other who shared my passion.
Fortunately for me, I met another passionate wildlife gardener named Pat Sutton, who was teaching a wide variety of gardening for wildlife workshops in the Cape May, NJ area.
And I was lonely no more! Pat and I became fast friends. We shared our successes, talked about our mistakes, and built a body of knowledge about how to create the best habitat for wildlife in our gardens.
Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden
When I created the Beautiful Wildlife Garden website, part of my mission was to create a community of wildlife gardeners from around the country to spread accurate knowledge about how to attract more wildlife to our gardens for the different regions of the country. The team of writers at Beautiful Wildlife Garden is passionate about sharing their knowledge and success in creating welcoming habitats for wildlife, and in the process we’ve created a community of readers who have asked lots of questions, started thoughtful discussions, and gotten to know us and each other in the comments section of each of our articles.
Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens
I created another website called Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens to take this discussion even further. The team of writers at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens brings together authors, educators, biologists, botanists, native plant specialists, restorationists, and many other experts to discuss the many native plants that are crucial in creating habitats for wildlife.
And again, our readers responded by asking questions, sharing knowledge, and getting to know us and each other in the comments section of each article.
A Community for YOU!
But now it’s time to create a community for you! Many of you have been following the Wren Song Newsletter for over 5 years now. You’ve sent me questions, thoughts, advice, and comments. And I’m so grateful for you passion for wildlife gardening. But this has been kind of a one way street where you are communicating with us individually.
I want to have a two-way street community where you can share blog posts you’ve written, get to know each other, ask questions, share advice, tell us what’s happening in your wildlife garden, and to be part of a growing community.
Announcing the new Wren Song Community!
The Wren Song Community is designed to be a place to hang out with other wildlife gardeners. We have a discussion forum where you can share resources, ask questions, and meet each other. It’s kind of like attending a garden tour where you get to see what everyone else is creating in their wildlife gardens, and be able to show off your own garden as well.
In addition, I’m building a resource library that will be available to all members of the community.
So pour yourself a nice cup of tea, and come meet us in the new Wren Song Community!
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