Garden for Wildlife

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Unraveling the Monarch Mysteries of Deep South Texas

Deep South Texas is nestled along the mighty Rio Grande River that leads to the sandy shores of South Padre Island. Deep South Texas, also known as the Lower Rio … Read more

QUIZ: Who’s Visiting Your Garden?

By planting native and providing wildlife with food, water, cover, and places to raise young, a garden of any size can become a wildlife haven. Many of the gardening strategies … Read more

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Building Wildlife Havens, One Oak at a Time

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” These words, spoken by renowned poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, allude to the impact of planting just one acorn … Read more

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Why We Shouldn’t Have Lawns

Look around almost any neighborhood in the United States and you’re likely to see acres and acres of turf grass. How we got to this point of ‘lawn-superiority’ is the … Read more

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Why We Have Lawns

Many envision the ‘perfect’ American lawn as a lush, uniform green carpet that covers their outdoor space. But beneath this verdant facade lies a complex social history and significant environmental … Read more

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The Women’s Environmental Institute

This Women’s History Month the National Wildlife Federation is honoring women who have worked to advance environmental justice initiatives in their community. We will be highlighting Karen Clark and Jacquelyn … Read more

Exploring Wilmington’s Journey to Environmental Stewardship

Welcome to Sacred Grounds Wilmington, DE: where faith communities and environmental stewardship converge. Join us in celebrating the triumphs, learning from the challenges, and nurturing the seeds of change that … Read more

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Diversity in Nature, Diversity in Action

The start of the new year is marked by many important celebrations such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, Black History Month in February, and Women’s History Month … Read more

A field of native blanket flowers in Texas.

Hardiness Zones and Ecoregions for Climate-Smart Gardening

Gardeners, check your zones! The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map received its first update in over ten years, moving many gardeners up a half-zone. Those previously on the upper edge … Read more

American toad photographed in Ohio. Credit: Kathy Bodall

Vernal Pools Make Your Garden Sing

If you’re trying to find a vernal pool in spring, you’re best off closing your eyes and listening. As sunset approaches, the pond begins to sing. Tree frogs make a … Read more