Gardening

What Is a Native Plant?

What is a native plant? That may sound like an easy question but it isn’t. There are almost as many different definitions as people you ask. Our environment is an extremely elaborate system, with endless inner connections between its parts and that makes it impossible to speak in generalizations. Definitions will always vary depending on the way people or groups of people want to interact with nature. Read more

Rufous Hummingbird in Flight

Ten Amazing Things About the World’s Tiniest Backyard Birds

Hummingbirds are a definite favorite for so many North American wildlife gardeners, and after you voted last month these tiny wonders have a special place of honor during our Garden … Read more

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Gather to Address Elected Officials

Displaying initiative I couldn’t have imagined as a teenager, 24 young activists (ages 13-18) from around Alaska gathered in Juneau last month for the 12th annual Civics and Conservation Summit, … Read more

Wildlife Gardening on Today Show

Garden for Wildlife Month kicks off on May 1st so I themed my most recent appearance on the Today Show around “backyard wildlife,” native plants, and simple tips on how … Read more

Picking up trash at our neighborhood clean-up

3 Tips for a Fun Community Clean-up Day

Gathering neighbors and friends to beautify your community is a great way to connect with nature… and each other. Read more

Red-spotted newt in its "red eft" stage climbing through a garden in New York

Photo of the Day: Red-spotted Newt

Create Wildlife Habitat At Home In just a few easy steps, you can turn your backyard, balcony or patch of grass into a habitat for wildlife. Start gardening for wildlife … Read more

Old MacDonald Had a … Garden? 5 Tips to Make Your Vegetable Garden Wildlife-Friendly

Yes—Old MacDonald did have a garden!  Jo MacDonald, the granddaughter of the old gent in the popular children’s song, introduces kids to garden creatures in my new children’s book Jo MacDonald … Read more

Rabbit by Sarah Rose

Easter, Eggs and Your Backyard

As far as I know, no rabbit has ever left an egg in my backyard during Easter. But birds have, and with spring arriving earlier than usual this year, some of our feathered friends have been busy for days ahead of their normal schedules, building nests on my property. (photo by Sarah Rose) Read more

Slacker’s Guide to Gardening for Wildlife

Even lazy gardeners can help wildlife in their neighborhood by following these five simple guidelines. Read more

Take a “LEAP!” How to Build an Urban Garden—No Experience Necessary

A Wildlife-Friendly DMV Garden Edition and Contest (see very bottom for details) Wildlife-Friendly DMV connects wildlife enthusiasts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to local wildlife and the … Read more