Resources/Sensory Plants

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Books (and a few web-based resources) on gardens for wildlife

  • The Wildlife Gardener's Guide, by Janet Marinelli, published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • Carlock, Marty (2006). “For the Birds.” Landscape Architecture, Vol. 96, No. 1, January, pp. 36-45.
  • Ellis, Barbara (1997). Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies: How to Plant a Backyard Habitat to Attract Hummingbirds and Other Winged Wildlife. Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides.
  • Lewis, Alcinda (Ed.) (1996). Butterfly Gardens: Luring Nature’s Loveliest Pollinators to Your Yard. New York: Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • The National Audubon Society. The Bird Garden: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard Throughout the Year..
  • The National Wildlife Federation. Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Backyard Wildlife. and also their Garden for Wildlife page.
  • Rodale Organic Gardening. Attracting Birds to Your Backyard.
  • Roth, Sally (2006). Bird-By-Bird Gardening: The Ultimate Guide to Bringing in Your Favorite Birds—Year After Year.
  • Stokes, Donald and Lillian (1998). Stokes Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard. Stokes Backyard Nature Books.
  • Tallamy, Doug. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. On the "macro" level, think about attracting not just the birds, but the critters that attract the birds: Insects, in general, provide a lot more nutrition than seed. This is an excellent and inspiring resource.
  • Wetherbee, Kris (2004). Attracting Birds, Butterflies, & Other Winged Wonders to Your Backyard. New York, NY: Lark Books.
  • Here's a nice online article about How to Grow Your Own Bird Seed in the Garden.
  • Read this 2010 blog post about the importance of feeding and watching the birds in winter: Watching the Birds - Surviving the Winter by Connecting with Nature.
  • And this 2009 blog post, "(Especially in Winter), Feed the Birds."

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On the web:

Sensory Gardens:

Garden of the Five Senses at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
You can also read our blog post about the garden.

Wildlife Gardens:

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Inviting Wildlife Into Your Winter Garden page.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds page

The English Cottage Garden Nursery

The National Bird-Feeding Society(more for information on bird-feed and feeders)

The National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Habitat
and Garden for Wildlife pages

Wildlife Gardener in the U.K.

Here are some of Douglas Tallamy's (author or Bringing Nature Home - see left-hand column) top recommendations of both woody and herbaceous plants that support the butterflies and moths that feed the birds and keep our ecosystem healthy.

Bill Cullina's list of Biodiversity All-Stars is another excellent resource for plants that support more a larger ecosystem.

Carole Brown's Choosing the Best Plants for Your Ecosystem Garden is another good resource.


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