Thanks to Liz Lodman and Barb Furlong of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) program for hosting last week's native plant gardening workshop. BOW is a wonderful program, and if you haven't taken a class you should. And if you have, let FWP know how much you liked it. Anyway, thanks to both for organizing such a wonderful Native Plant Gardening Workshop. It was a fantastic turnout.
Many of you had garden design questions and specific plant questions. I did not mention it at the talk, but my wife and I have a garden coaching and consultation business, Butterfly Properties, LLC, specializing in sustainable garden design- native plant landscapes and gardens for wildlife,Click here to download the list of easy to grow versatile and diverse native plants.
And here is a link to download my list of deer resistant native plants.
Here are some past blog posts that might be helpful:
- How to remove your lawn
- Important plants for hummingbirds
- Growing a bird garden- a link to download the Montana Outdoors article
- How to build a brush pile
- Native plants are better than exotics for attracting insects and birds: homeowners are integral to conservation
- Chickadee nest cam (better check soon, they will probably fledge around June 3)
Below are some of the books and references I talked about in the class:
- The Magic of Montana Native Plants: A Gardeners Guide to Growing over 150 Species from Seed- Sheila Morrison
- Bringing Nature Home- Douglas Tallamy
- Shrink Your Lawn- Evelyn Hadden
- Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards- Sara Stein
- Paradise by Design, Native Plants and the New American Landscape- Kathryn Phillips
- The Forgotten Pollinators- Buchmann, Nabhan, and Mirocha
- Landscaping Ideas of Jays- Judith Larner Lowry
- Gardening with a Wild Heart -Judith Larner Lowry
Thanks again, and I hope you all enjoyed the workshop.