Garden for Wildlife In The News
You — yes, you! — can help the planet. Start in your backyard.
This column will give you some tools to help mitigate the damage we’re causing to the planet. But, first, let’s look at why you — yes, you — should pay attention to this.
Looking for Some Backyard Inspiration? Consider Starting a Native Plant Garden
We asked an expert how to identify the varieties that are original to your region and help them thrive.
How to Find Best Native Plants to Attract Birds No Matter Where You Live
Shubber Ali, CEO of Garden for Wildlife, joins hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete with tips on how to find the native plants that will thrive attracting birds in your specific area, as well as how to creat a Certified Wildlife Habitatin your own backyard!
Meet the National Wildlife Federation
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick sit down with Mary Phillips (Head of Garden for Wildlife / Certified Wildlife Habitat) from The National Wildlife Federation to talk about the multitude of programs offered by the NWF that support native plants, wildlife, and healthy ecosystems.
6 Best Plants to Attract Birds to Your Yard
According to Shubber Ali, CEO ofGarden for Wildlife, it is important for everyone to prioritize the protection of wildlife and biodiversity. He believes that by saving birds, we will also be able to preserve many other species that coexist with us on the earth.
5 Ways You Can Help Monarch Butterflies This Migration Season
Endangered migratory monarch butterflies travel from the northern U.S. and Canada to Mexico each year—here’s how you can help them on their journey.
2023 Garden Trends Report: I Believe In Me
The 2023 report features what we believe to be the moment’s two most significant driving forces, individuality, and accessibility.
National Wildlife Federation launches Garden for Wildlife, Inc.
The National Wildlife Federation announced the launch of its Garden for Wildlife, Inc. enterprise led by CEO Shubber Ali. As CEO, Ali will drive the company's mission to empower individuals and businesses to create a more sustainable world and help wildlife, starting in their own yards.
Ditching grass could help your backyard thrive
Lawns are ecological ‘dead space.’ Experts explain how to design a more eco-friendly yard.
Garden for Wildlife: Accessing the Right Native Plants, with the NWF
Native plants are all the rage right now — or all the buzz, considering how much pollinators love native flowers.
How to Create a Much-Needed ‘Nectar Corridor’
Recently, I asked head of Garden for Wildlife™, Mary Phillips, from the National Wildlife Federation, to help us better understand the term as well as offer some top tips on how to create your own nectar corridor.
Are Monarch Butterflies Endangered?
Monarchs are among the most recognizable and best loved butterflies in North America. But you may have noticed fewer of them traveling through your garden over the last few years.
Saving the Monarch Butterfly with Mary Phillips
Landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw are joined by Mary Phillips, Head of Garden for Wildlife™ at the National Wildlife Federation. Mary discusses the Federation's wonderful initiatives and shares how we can play a part in growing a bright future for the monarch butterfly and many other iconic native wildlife species.
Green & Growing: Pollinator protection is buzzing
It was 2019 when Guilford resident Heather Bradley accidentally killed a frog with her lawnmower. It wasn't a good day for the frog but a turning point for Bradley.
A Bad Day For A Frog Becomes A Good Day For the Environment
The goal of a pollinator pathway is to assure that native plants are available to bees and other pollinators at distances no more than one-half mile apart.
You can help revive the North American Monarch Butterfly
Take a moment and think about it when was the last time you saw a Monarch Butterfly flitting around your home or yard?
Why You Should Care That the Monarch Butterfly Population Is Dwindling
With such a beautiful and beneficial species to our ecosystem now endangered, discover what you can do to help monarch butterflies thrive.
Monarch butterflies are in danger
Mary Phillips, head of Garden for Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation, talks about monarch butterflies being in danger.
Monarch Butterflies Are Close to Extinction — Here's How You Can Help
On July 21, 2022, the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the migratory monarch was added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and marked as endangered.
Monarch butterflies are in trouble; Here’s how you can help
The migrating monarch butterfly was added last week to the “red list” of threatened species and categorized as “endangered” for the first time by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Plant With Purpose: Benefit Wildlife, the Planet, & You!
Now is the time to make your yard or garden wildlife-friendly. Whether you’re a gardening novice with a small balcony or a gardening pro with a few acres, you can provide for local wildlife by planting with purpose.
Social Impact Heroes Helping Our Planet
Why and How David Mizejewski Of National Wildlife Federation Is Helping To Change Our World
S2 Ep175: Monarch Butterflies and Feral Cats
Garden expert Teresa Watkins is saddened at the news that the Monarch Butterfly species has been put on the Endangered Species list but Garden for Wildlife Senior Director, Mary Phillips explains the designation and how planting the right native plants will help protect Monarch butterflies.
Ron chats with Mary Phillips
Making It Easier For Us To Make A Home For Birds And Pollinators
A lot of people want to help pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. But if the first task we face is finding the right native plants, it is not always easy to do.
Everything You Need to Know About Virginia Creeper
Love it or hate it, it's important to know how to manage this woody vine.
Free Our Gardens Return to Native Roots
Native plants produce habitat for birds, bees and insects essential to keeping our world green and growing.
What Is a No-Till Garden?
Less work, less money and healthier ecosystems. Here's why no-till gardening might be your next move.
10 Misunderstood Insect Pests in Your Yard
Three experts reveal their favorite insect pests, explaining why they like them and why you should, too.
Infuse Your Summer Garden with Pops of Pantone’s Very Peri
We might be several months into 2022, but we’re still not over Pantone’s Color of the Year—Very Peri.
What Are Native Plants and Where to Find Them
When shopping at the garden center, you may ask, what are native plants? Learn how to choose them, grow them and why they're important for pollinators.
Mother's Day gifts for the gardener in your life
With Mother's Day coming up on May 8, we offer a selection of thoughtful gifts for the mom in your life — or even the person who has been like a mom to you. They're perfect for those who like to garden and for those who simply like to enjoy the garden.
What a Mom Wants: Garden Media's Gardening Gift Guide for 2022
Mom deserves the best – this year and every year. The strength we have found this past year has been rooted in Mom, so give her a gardening gift that will bring a smile to her face and make her home beautiful for months – even years – to come.
Plant with a purpose
What you plant in your garden can have a big impact on native animals, birds and insects. We talk with the director of the National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife program about creating native habitats that provide food, water, cover and places to raise young.
How NOT to Plant a Tree on Arbor Day
Planting trees helps battle climate change and improves your local environment, but be sure you’re planting the right ones in the right ways.
Welcome Mat: Novi Home & Garden Show back for spring
Spring is in the air at the Novi Home & Garden Show, presented by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, which will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi from April 8-10.
Meadow Gardens Are Surging in Popularity Right Now—Here's How to Grow One
Here's how you can add a pollinator-friendly meadow garden to your own landscape.
Milkweed is a crucial for the development for the caterpillar’s transition to butterfly, but there are many types of plants that provide nectar that are vital for the monarch butterfly to make its migration back to Mexico during the fall season.
Here's one weed to invite into your garden
Monarchs need milkweed to survive. Good thing there are plenty of garden-friendly species of this "weed."
Interested in cultivating native plants? A ‘Wild Ones’ chapter can help
A new chapter of the national Wild Ones native-plant group is taking root in 11 south-central Pennsylvania counties, giving residents a new resource on the growing trend toward native plants.
The Top New Garden Trends to Try in 2022
Spring gardening season is upon us and it's time to get growing! Here are the top garden trends that the pros forecast for 2022.
Tips to help kids create a wildlife habitat garden
With spring and summer on the way and families ready to take their activitiesoutside, Garden for Wildlife™ has some interesting, educational and fun options for families!
Landscaping Design Trends of 2022
Homeowners are paying more attention to landscaping for wildlife, which includes birds as well as bees, butterflies and small critters.
Better Lawns and Gardens - Podcast
Host and garden expert, Teresa Watkins interviews Mary Phillips, Head of Garden for Wildlife, on the gardening campaign “Plant with a Purpose!”
Plant with a Purpose: New Native Plant Collections from Garden for Wildlife
The Garden for Wildlife Collection of native plants makes it easier to plant with a purpose. These plants make it easy to do the greatest good in your region, and arrive directly to your door.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, This Valentine’s Day, Show Yourself Love, too
While red is the universal symbol of love, it’s the color green that will make anyone blush this Valentine’s Day.
How to grow native plants without offending your neighbors
Having a regular maintenance plan and "cue to care" elements are key.
6 Reasons Why You Absolutely Must Join Your Local Garden Club
“Today, garden clubs have the same mission: to bring together people who have a passion for horticulture,” explains Mary Phillips, Head of Garden for Wildlife.
Plants That Support Pollinators' Full Life Cycle
Pretty flowers are only part of what pollinators need. Here are some native plants that help pollinators thrive in your garden and yard.
What’s In the Best Garden Soil?
Four key factors make up the healthiest garden soil composition. All are essential for thriving, lush gardens.