Wildlife Garden Thanks and Gratefulness

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Happy Thanksgiving!

There are so many things that I’m grateful for at this time of year:

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.

But especially….

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

Brenda Clements JonesBrenda’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

Author/Photographer at Tendrils

Brenda is a certified Virginia master naturalist, is on the board of directors of the Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, is an amateur astronomer and a devoted fan of Mother Nature. She lives in a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Shenandoah National Park, and hikes up to the higher elevations of her mountain every day so long as weather allows.  Her constant hiking companions are two cameras that capture nature as it unfolds through the seasons. It’s her goal to share the natural world around her through her photographs.

Donna Donabella, NY

Donna’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

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

Ellen’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

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 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

Jacqueline SouleJacqueline’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

Website: Gardening with Soule

Author of Father Kino’s Herbs 

Author of Landscape Plants for the California High Desert 

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


Jesse’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

Author at: Jessecology

Facebook Page

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

Judy’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

Website: Butterfly Nature

Facebook Page:

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 NotesTheir website is Butterfly Nature 

Kathy Vilim, CA

Kathy’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

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

M Pellerito Going NativeMary’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

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

Loret’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

Author at Osceola FL Garden Blah Blah Blog

Facebook Page

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

Ursula’s Beautiful Wildlife Garden posts

Author at Squash’s Garden

Author/artist at Red Wombat Studio

See all 18 of Ursula Vernon’s Childrens Books

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:

Beatriz MoissetBeatriz Moisset, PA

Author at Pollinators
Author at The Web of Life
Author, with Stephen Buchmann of Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees
Beatriz’s posts



Benjamin Vogt, NE

The Deep Middle
Consultant at Monarch Gardens
Author of Sleep, Creep, Leap: The First 3 Years of a Nebraska Garden
Benjamin’s posts
More books by Benjamin Vogt

Carol DukeCarol Duke, MA

Author at Flower Hill Farm
Website: Flower HIll Farm B&B
Carol’s posts


Catherine ZimmermanCatherine Zimmerman, MD

Website: The Meadow Project
Author of Urban and Suburban Meadows
Videographer Urban and Suburban Meadows Companion DVD
Catherine’s posts


Christina Kobland 2Christina Kobland, PA

Website: Native Return
Author at: East 33
Christina’s posts



Christy PetersonChristy Peterson, WA

Author at: Tweets and Tree Frogs
Christy’s posts


DebbieRobertsnewDebbie Roberts, CT

Author at: Garden of Possibilities
Contributor: Garden Designers Roundtable
Debbie’s posts


EllenSousaEllen Sousa, MA

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
Ellen’s posts

Emily DeBoltEmily DeBolt, NY

Owner: Fiddlehead Creek Nursery
Emily’s posts



GinnyStibolt375Ginny Stibolt, FL

Website: Green Gardening Matters
Author of Sustainable Gardening for Florida
Author of: Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida
Ginny’s posts


Heather Holm profile2Heather Holm, MN

Author at: Restoring the Landscape with Native Plants
Owner of: Holm Design and Consulting
Holm Design on Facebook
Heather’s posts

Jacqueline SouleJacqueline Soule, AZ

Website: Gardening with Soule

Author of Father Kino’s Herbs 

Author of Landscape Plants for the California High Desert 

Jacqueline’s posts

JanetHarrisonNewJanet Harrison, Toronto, Canada

Editor at: The Local Scoop
Janet’s posts



Kathy SettevendemieKathy Settevendemie,  MT

Owner: Blackfoot Native Plant Nursery
Kathy’s posts



Camera 360Kelly Brenner, WA

Author at: Metropolitan Field Guide
Kelly’s posts


Kevin J RailsbackKevin J. Railsback, IA

Videographer at Filmmaking Naturally



Kevin’s posts


KevinSonger NewKevin Songer, FL

Living Green Roofs
Author of City Farming: Lovely Urban Insanity
Kevin’s posts


LoretTSettersLoret T. Setters, FL

Author at: Osceola Florida Blah Blah Blog
Contributor: Beautiful Wildlife Garden
Loret’s posts


Mark TurnerMark Turner, WA

Pacific Northwest Flowers
Author of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest
Author of Bellingham Impressions
Mark’s posts


Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 4.32.36 PMPat Sutton, NJ

Pat and Clay Sutton
Author of Birds and Birding at Cape May
Pat’s posts
More books by Pat Sutton


Steven Paulsen sqSteven Paulsen, ID

Owner at: Conservation Seeding and Restoration, Inc

Author at: Conservation Seeding and Restoration Blog

Steven’s posts

Sue ReedSue Reed, MA

Website: Energy-Wise Landscape Design
Author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design
Sue’s posts


Susan J TweitSusan J. Tweit, CO

Susan J. Tweit
Author of Walking Nature Home
Susan’s posts
More books by Susan J. Tweit

Suzanne DingwellSuzanne Dingwell, VA

Clean Green Natives
Suzanne’s posts



Tony McGuigan 3Tony McGuigan, CA

Author of: Habitat It And They Will Come: The Why, Who, and Fun-How of Creating Animal Habitats in Your Yard

Website: Spore Lore
Tony’s Posts

Ursula Vernon2Ursula Vernon, NC

Author at Squash’s Garden,
Author of Digger
Website: Red Wombat Studio
Contributor: Beautiful Wildlife Garden
Ursula’s posts
More Books by Ursula Vernon

Vincent VizacheroVincent Vizachero, MD

Roland Park Native
Vincent’s posts

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  1. Ginger Goolsby says

    Thank you for continuing to inspire and inform those of us trying to be better stewards of the land we own no matter how small that plot may be. Also, a very special thank you to all of the wonderful contributing members of “Beautiful Wildlife Garden”.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    Morristown, Tennessee

  2. Marilyn says

    I’m thankful to have discovered these websites and for the wealth of information the teams provide. I look forward to every post. Thank you so much.


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