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Habitat For All Garden

WHY A HABITAT GARDEN?

Gardens are places where nature interacts in human habitats.  They can be refuges for both people and a myriad of seen and unseen organisms. The intimate, dense plantings and scale of the Habitat Garden readily invite people to get up close to observe, listen, touch. To notice how the flying insects interact with the plants, soil, and each other. We’re also encouraging homeowners and community gardeners to plant for the bees and other pollinators. These actions could be great for the bees but it’s also great for people. By committing to these actions, participants are growing a connection to this whole ecological web, and seeing how their individual actions can address  these massive existential crises.

 

“IN THE PAST, WE HAVE ASKED ONE THING OF OUR GARDENS: THAT THEY BE PRETTY. NOW THEY HAVE TO SUPPORT LIFE, SEQUESTER CARBON, FEED POLLINATORS AND MANAGE WATER.”         — DOUG TALLAMY 

OUR APPROACH

We take a plants person's approach to the garden by showcasing familiar favorites and introducing lesser known beauties. We are striving to create a complex, multi-layered garden that provides great habitat for pollinators while being aesthetically pleasing and educational.  We think this approach will provide the complexity needed to connect visitors to the garden ecosystem and support diverse populations of insects, animals, and microorganisms. The garden is still evolving. Visit frequently, ask questions and see how it changes. It is sure to delight.