It may seem that learning to attract wildlife to your garden is complicated and hard to learn, but there are many resources available to help you make your garden a wildlife habitat oasis.
I have taken many workshops and attended many lectures from the best wildlife gardeners in the country and I always learn something new, even though I also teach workshops on this subject. Seeing what other people have accomplished in their gardens to provide habitat for birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife always gives me new ideas for my own wildlife garden.
One of the people whose workshops I attend as frequently as possible is my friend and mentor Pat Sutton, in Cape May, NJ. Pat is a naturalist, author, educator, and enthusiastic wildlife gardener who will teach you how to welcome wildlife into your garden.
And the good news is that Pat Sutton has a whole series of wildlife gardening workshops coming up this spring.
All workshops are held at the NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204 (609-898-8848) from 10 am to 3 pm on the following dates:
- Saturday, March 5, 2011 – How to Create a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
- Saturday, March 12, 2011 – How to Create a Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden
- Saturday, March 19, 2011 – How to Create a Wildflower Meadow & Wildlife Pond
- Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Milkweeds for Monarchs
- Saturday, April 2, 2011 – Invasives – Battling the Alien Invaders
Join Pat Sutton for this series of five property-owner workshops on how to enhance your backyard landscaping for wildlife. Native plants and wildlife-friendly practices are the key. The final workshop addresses a key issue, learning to ID invasive problem plants and how to rid your garden of them.
Come learn how to plan your own backyard, no matter how small, to attract showy hummingbirds, Monarchs and other butterflies, nesting birds such as bluebirds, wintering birds, and so much more! Valuable handouts will include Pat’s list of native trees, shrubs, and vines most utilized by wildlife and a list of primary book and internet resources. These workshops have been scheduled for early spring, the perfect time to shake off winter and begin planning and planting (or enhancing) your wildlife gardens.
The first workshop is the backbone to the series (try not to miss it) and will supply a good foundation for the following sessions. Each will include a question-and-answer session and a visit to a nearby backyard habitat. During a working lunch, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own gardens. Before this program, download, print, and read the NJ Audubon articles by Pat Sutton: “How to Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden” and “Recommended Plantings to Attract Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Moths.”
Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Please call the Nature Center of Cape May at 609-898-8848 to reserve your spot.
And happy wildlife gardening!