native plants

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

A black bird with a bright red patch on the top of its head places an acorn into one of several holes in a tree.

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

Replacing lawn with native plants is a boon to local wildlife. Photo Credit: Elyse Jurgen

Grow Beyond No Mow May: Options for Reducing Your Lawn

Lawns are often thought of as a staple of an American home, but what role do they play in the future of gardening? Read our related blogs in this series, … 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

A bird with brown wings and a black and white striped head holds inch worms in its beak.

Year-Round Bird Feeding

Winter is a prime time to bring those bird feeders out and make a New Year’s resolution to provide food year-round for our feathered friends. Discover how birds’ diets change … Read more

Ohio Native Plant Garden at First Cleveland Mosque.

6 New Sacred Grounds™ Native Plant Gardens & 5 New Participants in Cleveland

This summer, six native plant gardens at houses of worship in Greater Cleveland are being designated as National Wildlife Federation Sacred Grounds™ sites! This means each faith community dedicated space, … Read more

Cut tree branches stacked on top one another.

Starting small: Five ways to support biodiversity this summer

With warmer weather here, most of us are spending more time enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors. Sunny days, birds chirping, bees buzzing, flowers in full bloom – … Read more

Mexican ballet Folklόrico dancers beneath a rainbow at the 2022 Columbia Heights Bilingual Monarch Festival. Credit: Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula

Celebrating a Milestone for Monarchs: 365 U.S. Cities Take the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge to Protect Our Pollinators!

The Mayors’ Monarch Pledge was introduced in 2015 to provide a framework to engage communities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to address monarch butterfly decline and the pollinator crisis. … Read more

A long-horned bee (Melissodes spp.) feeds at a cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia lanciniata) cultivar in a garden in Nebraska.

Creating a Bee Garden

Bees are incredibly important wildlife. Yes, insects are wildlife–and they’re a group of wildlife that we all have an opportunity to help right in our own yards and gardens. Especially … Read more

A hummingbird hovers next to a flower, beak extended into its petals.

Pollinator Week: Birds, Bees, & Everything in Between

It’s National Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated from June 19th through June 25th to honor the unsung heroes of our gardens, fields, and farms. Over … Read more

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