Monarch Garden Tours: Sept. 19, 20, & 21

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At the peak of Cape May County’s world-famous fall Monarch migration, tour diverse gardens that have hosted Monarchs since May. Each features native nectar plants and as many as five different kinds of milkweed (used by Monarchs for egg laying to create the next generation). Expect Monarchs and other butterflies, Monarch eggs, caterpillars, and maybe […]

Hummingbird Garden Tours: Aug. 15, 16, & 17

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        It is the peak of Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration.  Numbers have exploded now that young have left the nest, females are busy with second broods, and hummingbirds that nested in the far north (Gaspe Peninsula) are moving south.  Gardens designed and planted with hummingbird-friendly plants and a wealth of yummy soft-bodied insects […]

Bob and Carol Marceluk’s Ocean City Wildlife Habitat

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Garden Gang members Bob and Carol Marceluk in Ocean City, NJ, and their WILDLIFE HABITAT were featured in the Press of Atlantic City, Saturday, July 12, 2014: “New Boardwalk Attraction,” by Martin DeAngelis. I met Bob and Carol in 2012 when I taught a series of Gardening for Wildlife Workshops for the Ocean City Environmental […]

Four Proposed NJ Bills Affecting Wildlife, You and I, and Wildlife Habitats

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Hi Gang, Fellow wildlife-gardening educators Jack and Jesse Connor have brought to my attention 4 bills proposed in the NJ Legislature that we all should be aware of and consider voicing our support. In short, here are the 4 proposed bills that we can speak up about and show our support: A3133 Requires DEP to […]

The Living Landscape, by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke

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Hot off the press — a NEW book: The Living Landscape, Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke My copy arrived earlier this week and I’m enjoying the book immensely. The authors walk us through and help us understand the layered landscape, something that so many gardeners […]

2014 Wildlife Garden Tours

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This is the 23rd year I’ve been leading these tours of private backyard wildlife gardens.  And they just keep getting yummier and yummier! Mark your calendar with the following dates & plan to join me for one, several, or all NINE of the 2014 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” (pdf)  that I will again be leading […]

Some Sources of Native Plants

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Once hooked on wildlife gardening with native plants, it can be a real challenge to find native plants.  Yes a few have been mainstreamed, and the nursery down the street may carry them.  But beware of cultivars of native plant.  Cultivars are plants created or selected for specific characteristics such as early blooming or color, […]

Saw my FIRST Ruby-throated Hummingbird on April 12, 2014 !

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  Yesterday, Saturday, April 12, was a good day! Hope you got out to enjoy it too. Clay and I went to Cape May Point to join Tom Reed in his SPRING WATCH. The highlight for me was when Tom called out: ” HUMMINGBIRD ! ! ! “ At 8:55 a.m. Tom spotted a Ruby-throated […]

Eupatoriums in the Wildlife Garden

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If you’re looking for some fun plants to add to your wildlife garden, seriously consider the Eupatoriums: 1.  They are stunning 2.  A selection of them can cover a good part of the growing season 3.  They are pollinator magnets 4.  Monarchs LOVE them and Monarchs need all the help they can get   Enjoy […]

MISTER for Wildlife Garden

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In nearly all my programs and workshops I recommend adding a MISTER to your wildlife habitat.  This suggestion is often met with some confused looks, so I thought I’d follow it up here with some photos that can help walk you through it and understand how simple it can be.  NO ELECTRICITY needed, just a […]