Bird Friendly Gardening

Holly Shimizu on April 23, 2016

Although our predictions about climate change are uncertain there are many ways we can make better choices while enhancing our gardens so that we become environmental stewards and so our gardens are better equipped to cope successfully with a changing climate. First and foremost, we can change our methods for handling water by treating water […]

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Holly Shimizu on January 11, 2016

A multitude of insects abound in healthy gardens. Insects are needed to keep ecosystems working – to pollinate plants, to provide food for birds and other animals (as part of the food web), and to increase the overall biodiversity of our gardens.  With urban and suburban gardens being so focused on neatness and simplicity, an […]

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Holly Shimizu on December 13, 2015

A well designed garden provides pleasure for humans and, if done with sensitivity, can simultaneously become a sanctuary for birds. Often times I hear people say that habitat gardens are messy and wild looking – this is not necessarily true.  Habitat gardens can be aesthetically pleasing to humans while also providing food, water, nesting and […]

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admin on December 4, 2015

We are excited to announce that nationally-known horticulturist, consultant, and educator will soon be blogging on the web site.  Holly recently retired as the Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden.   She was also Host of Victory Garden (television show on PBS) for ten years. You can learn more about Holly on her web […]

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