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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


No matter what you might call it – Rewilding, Wildscaping, Backyard Habitats, Acts of Restorative Kindness, Native plant habitat gardening, Homegrown National Park, Perfect Earth, 2/3rds for the Birds, Ecological Gardening, or Garden for Wildlife, the concepts of Conservation + Biodiversity + our Gardens wherever they might be is not a new idea, although it is newly imperative in our world.

These three concepts as a perfect trinity go back to at very least 1973, when the National Wildlife Federation kicked off their Garden for Wildlife Program. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of these programs, Cultivating Place is joined this week by Mary Phillips, since 2014 she has been the head of the NFW’s Garden for Wildlife and Certified Wildlife Habitat programs.

In this big anniversary year, the programs are very close to realizing 300,000 cultivated wildlife habitats and gardens.

The NWF's native plant finder and keystone plant profiles, formulated with Dr. Doug Tallamy, can be found here:

In the last few years, the NWF has also introduced the Plant With Purpose Collection, which you can find here:

Join us!

You can follow the National Wildlife Federations's Garden For Wildlife and Certified Wildlife Habitats work on-line:

And on Instagram: @nationalwildlife/

HERE IS THIS WEEK'S TRANSCRIPT by Doulos Transcription Service:

CultivatingPlace - Phillips - 06-08-23
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Images courtesy of Mary Phillips, National Wildlife Federation


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JOIN US again next week, when we continue focusing on the importance of our many kinds of gardened spaces for ensuring that the great diversity of more than human wild lives of this world thrive. We’re celebrating National Pollinator week exploring the many beloved but highly pressured species of native north American bumble bees, in conversation with Leif Richardson, Conservation Biologist, coordination the newest regional Bumble Bee Atlas this time in California with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Listen in!


Speaking of Plants and Place back next week!


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Thinking out loud this week:

When I think about the concept of open days and garden visits alongside the idea of our gardens being crucial spaces of welcome and support for wildlife and biodiversity writ large and then we think about our gardens in their summer fullness – I wonder, who is visiting my garden?

In the early morning, in the midday in the early evening, in the dark of night? Who do I want to have visiting?

There are so many resources on how to extend these open garden invitations to the birds, the bees, the butterflies, the lizards, and frogs and dragonflies and mammals…..what are we waiting for?

Who is visiting your garden? Send us pictures, share anecdotes. Plant and plan for them and that is all the invitation they need – what are any of us waiting for? We all need less lawn, less control, and more liveliness….

Anyone who has listened to me for any length of time at all will know that one of thing that struck me in this conversation was the National Wildlife federation’s coordinating with the gardens and landscapes around places of worship – an joint endeavor with parishes and congregations of all faiths they refer to as sacred grounds.

And I would say, of course, that all of our gardens are sacred grounds – we worship what we love, what we long for, what we envision and value for the future of all the lives we love in, on and with these very sacred grounds – let us never forget or lose sight of the joy of this, the responsibility and pure privilege and being able to live our lives in support of our miraculous plant and animal and ecosystem friends.




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