Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants

Not long ago, the Bay Area was home to wild creatures in numbers beyond reckoning. While we can’t undo generations of intensive human settlement, there’s a surprising amount of potential habitat for wildlife in the spaces in our own yards. By growing native plants, we can invite the wild back into our daily lives.

 

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Creating a Creekside Haven

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

When she gets out of the shower in the morning, Sue LaTourrette might find herself standing 10 feet from a great egret. “We live on a creek,” she says, “so we were used to wildlife. But we never had herons and egrets before!” These days, great blue herons, hawks, and songbirds are frequent visitors. Raccoons […]

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Drawing with a Local Palette

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

If not for an unassuming wire fence, you might mistake Judith Larner Lowry’s garden for one of nature’s own. The tall wooden gate resists slightly, then yields, permitting the visitor to step into a quiet community of coastal scrub. Undulating stands of coyote brush stretch in all directions, some low, some tall. Within this architecture, […]

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Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

Not long ago, the Bay Area was home to wild creatures in numbers beyond reckoning. While we can’t undo generations of intensive human settlement, there’s a surprising amount of potential habitat for wildlife in the spaces in our own yards. By growing native plants, we can invite the wild back into our daily lives.

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Native Plant Gardening Resources

January 01, 2003 by Bay Nature Staff

NURSERIES, SEED SUPPLIERS, PLANT SALES, AND BOTANIC GARDENS Bay Natives   375 Alabama St. #440 San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 287-6755http://www.baynatives.com     Berkeley Horticultural Nursery   1310 McGee Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703 (510)526-4704 Stock includes California natives among other types of plants. Encourages sustainable, organic gardening. California Flora Nursery P.O. Box 3, Somers and […]

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Starting a Wildlife Habitat Garden

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

It’s really not that hard to transform your garden into a welcoming habitat for native wildlife. But you do need to know where to start. Here are a few steps to help you begin: 1. Start small. Working in a small area makes the project manageable and increases the likelihood of success. Remove a patch […]

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Starting with the Oaks

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

A winding path through Kathy Welch’s garden leads to an oak grove. Photo by Saxon Holt. Kathy Welch had already begun to consider renovating her yard in the Oakland hills when she made a few discoveries. “I found a trillium poking out. It was beautiful, a deep claret color. It had struggled through the ivy! […]

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What’s the Buzz? Native Bees!

January 01, 2003 by Mike Koslosky

They don’t live in colonies, they rarely sting, and—if you plant natives—you might find some in your own backyard.

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