There are so many things that I’m grateful for at this time of year:
- I’m grateful for the birds that sing in my wildlife habitat garden.
- I’m so thankful for my wonderful partner and our two beautiful Plott Hounds who fill my home with joy.
- Even though this time of year is sad because she’s not here, I’m honored that I got to spend so much time with my mom taking care of her before she passed away.
Thankful for YOU
We wouldn’t be here without each of you who reads our articles every day, and make such thoughtful comments. We’re so touched that you continue to share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. And we’re so honored that you have come along on this journey with us. Thank you!
Grateful for Authors of Native Plant Books
I’m thankful for the many authors who have filled my shelves to overflowing with such fabulous books about native plants and gardening for wildlife. I continue to learn from each of them every day. And I’m thankful for each of you who have suggested your favorite books to help me build this resource, The Native Plant Bookshelf where we’ve got books about why native plants are so important, landscaping with native plants, creating wildlife habitat with native plants, gardening for birds, creating a butterfly garden, and gardening for native pollinators. And I continue to welcome your recommendations to add to this list.
Thanks to the Native Plant Nurseries
I’m grateful to the many wonderful folks at native plant nurseries around the country who have dedicated their life’s work to growing more native plants for a healthier environment. I’m trying to acknowledge their passion by creating the Ultimate Guide to Finding Native Plants to make it easier for you to locate nearby native plant nurseries and local native plant societies. Please stop by and find your state, and let me know if I’ve missed listing your favorite native plant nursery.
Thanks to the Team at Beautiful Wildlife Garden
Beautiful Wildlife Garden is in its fourth year of publishing online, we’ve posted almost 1,000 articles, and you’ve left us over 10,000 comments. And I’m so blessed and grateful to have such an amazing team of writers who are so dedicated in sharing their passion for creating welcoming habitat in their gardens with you. And I want you to meet them:
Brenda Clements Jones, VA
Author/Photographer at Tendrils
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.
And I’m Grateful for the Team at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens has been publishing online for over 3 years now. We’ve posted over 700 articles, and you’ve left us over 9,000 comments. I’m grateful and humbled to have such dedicated professionals on this team.
We come from all over the country, with varying experiences and points of view, but with a shared passion for spreading the word about the value of native plants in our landscapes. Please take some time exploring their other homes on the web:
Benjamin Vogt, NE
Website: New England Habitat Gardening
Author of The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting and Maintaining the Planet-Friendly Habitat Garden
Contributor: Beautiful Wildlife Garden
Website: Green Gardening Matters
Author of Sustainable Gardening for Florida
Author of: Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida
Heather Holm, MN
Jacqueline Soule, AZ
Website: Gardening with Soule
Author of Father Kino’s Herbs
Videographer at Filmmaking Naturally
Author at: Conservation Seeding and Restoration Blog
Sue Reed, MA
Susan J. Tweit, CO
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