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   […]

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 […]

2014 Gardening for Wildlife WORKSHOP SERIES

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Hi Gang, It’s been a wild, cold, and snowy winter.  I’ve been enjoying all the birds that are finding refuge in our wildlife garden.  Our heated birdbath has attracted 100s of birds this frozen winter, including a normally very secretive Hermit Thrush and a quite uncommon wintering bird, a Gray Catbird. Speaking of wildlife gardens, I […]

November Butterfly Gardens in South Texas

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I just returned from a far and distant land where thousands upon thousands of butterflies filled the many native plant wildlife gardens that I visited during my 10-day stay, which included the 18th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival. Many of the butterflies were exotic (to me) southern species that just make it into the United States. Since […]

Measuring Rainfall

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With rain so precious and drought gardening being the new normal, I wanted to know exactly how much rainfall my garden received. So I joined the “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS),” bought my official rain gauge for $25, and began collecting rainfall data during the recent nor’easter.  I tallied a total of […]

Hummingbird Gardens

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As young leave the nest and as hummingbirds that nested on the Gaspe Peninsula in eastern Canada and other points north begin to move south, hummingbird activity in our gardens soars.  The time to easily see lots and lots of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds is fast approaching: late July through first week in September.   Tours of […]

2013 Wildlife Garden Tours

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This is the 22nd year I’ve been leading these tours of private backyard wildlife gardens.  And they just keep getting yummier and yummier! Be sure to mark your calendar with the following dates & plan to join me on one, several, or all NINE of the 2013 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” (pdf) that I will […]

Mid-County Tour — Photo Gallery

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2013 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” (pdf) with NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)898-8848   Wednesday, July 17: MID-COUNTY “North Cape May to Rio Grande” Thursday, August 22:MID-COUNTY “North Cape May to Rio Grande” Tuesday, September 24:MID-COUNTY “North Cape May to Rio Grande”   More details […]

North Tour — Photo Gallery

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2013 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” (pdf) with NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)898-8848   Tuesday, July 16: NORTH “Goshen to Dennisville” Wednesday, August 21: NORTH “Goshen to Dennisville” Thursday, September 26: NORTH “Goshen to Dennisville”   More details & how to register  

South Tour — Photo Gallery

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2013 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” (pdf) with NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)898-8848   Thursday, July 18: SOUTH “in and near Cape May Point & Cape May” Tuesday, August 20: SOUTH “in and near Cape May Point & Cape May” Wed., September 25: SOUTH “in and near […]