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Wildlife

 

You’ll help birds, pollinators such as bees, butterflies, other insects, amphibians and small mammals, and reptiles.  

 

Go native. Use native plants and eco-friendly gardening practices to give food, water, cover, and places to raise their young.

   

The results are in. Scientific studies confirm wildlife thrive in greater numbers where gardens are planted with native plants that provide floral diversity, rich nectar, pollen sources and three-season bloom.

Bird standing on birdhouse with something in its mouth Photo by: Areti Clark
 
 

Little girl taking photo of black-eyed susan flowers in garden Photo by: Margot Partridge

People

Bring nature home. There’s no easier place to get a daily dose of nature and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that go along with it than right outside your own door.

Become a critical force for change by taking a journey with us. People and wildlife are sharing space with what was once critical habitat for wildlife. Now more than ever, there is a pressing need to help find a balance where people and wildlife can coexist and turn the tide of declines. Together, we can do our part to create change.

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Metropolitan populations combined, equal an area half the size of the 48 states, which is also where two thirds of wildlife species reside.

Planet

Your impact reaches far beyond your own garden. If you have a lawn, consider making it smaller with wildflowers, shrubs, trees and other native plants, you’ll be creating habitat for declining wildlife, but also helping to reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water runoff. And unlike lawns, wildflowers don’t rely on toxic chemicals to look amazing.

Backyard garden with native plants Photo by: David Mizejewski
Smiling women holding a planter box in an urban setting

The Right Plants for the Right Place.

 

We’ve removed the guesswork and web searches. We know which wildflowers will best support wildlife. The secret to success is planting native plants that are local to where you live, which is why our collections are designed for specific regions of the country. Since most stores carry little-to-no natives, we are working with growers to make sure that you’ll get healthy plants delivered to you.

Illustrations

CWH Sign Photo by: Deborah Roy

Our Mission: Make it easy to make an impact.

We think planting for wildlife should be a no-brainer. So we’ve made it simple for you to connect what you plant to the positive impact on wildlife and the planet. Because seeing the change makes all the difference.

Garden for Wildlife works with regional sustainable growers to provide create DIY curated collections based on Keystone Native Plant lists. You’ll realize you don’t have to be an expert to provide you the confidence to plant with purpose and support the highest numbers of critical wildlife essential to the ecosystem. As our wildlife gardening community grows, you will be able to create your own. By creating a gardening profile, to you can also track your plantings, and learn the exact types and numbers of species your garden is helping. So let’s get started.

 

Quick Facts About Wildlife

Bird drinking water Birds

Since 1970, one third of North American Bird populations have declined. Backyard birds rely on thousands of caterpillars supplied by native plants.

Photo Credit: Anne Owen

Bee taking pollen from flower Bees

Roughly 30% of 4,000 native bee species are pollen specialists that restrict their diets to specific plants.

Butterfly taking pollen from flower Butterflies

The monarch butterfly that relies on native milkweed has declined by 90%.