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— William James

Wildlife Friendly Gardens

Making our gardens wildlife friendly is one of the most important things we can do to encourage wildlife in the city.
By simply choosing plants that feed or shelter wildlife for our homes, neighborhood parks, and public spaces, we can restore vital habitat in our community and help them adapt and survive in the face of climate change and other threats.

There are many ways we can introduce, or let nature create, a diverse range of homes for wildlife in our outdoor spaces. Here a a few ideas.

  • Garden beds, filled with flowering plants and shrubs, give nectar rich food to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, as well as seeds, berries and cover for birds and small mammals. Check out our list of locally available plants that are beneficial, beautiful and easy to care for too.
  • Trees and hedges offer roosting and nesting sites for birds and mammals, as well as valuable shelter and protection from the elements and possible predators.
  • Water features, bird baths or even a small dish of water or a wet sponge for butterflies are important sites within your garden for drinking and bathing.
  • Refrain from using chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden and around your home. They are known to harm wildlife and human health too. There are many easy to make natural pest controls using everyday household ingredients. We’ve provided a few examples in our Nature Friendly Pest Control section.
  • Small spaces make for great microhabitats or waystations for resident and migratory wildlife. Patio containers, window boxes and balconies all are ripe with potential.
  • And don’t forget your rooftop! Most of our native plants and members of the succulent families love full-on sun and will tolerate infrequent watering once they have become established.


This may interest you:

How to create a hummingbird-friendly yard

A little water, a few flowers, and a few perches will bring these tiny dynamos to visit.


How to create a Wildlife friendly Garden

Invite Pollinators into your garden

Pollinators are the unsung heroes of the natural world. Much of what we eat exists because of them. Here’s how to create a pollinator friendly garden.


Invite Monarch Butterflies into Your Garden

Learn about the migration patterns and how to aid the Monarch butterfly as it makes its way from Canada to Mexico and back again.


Invite Birds into Your Garden

Information and tips about how you can turn your garden into an inviting place for birds.


Gardening Resources

Click on the link below to see a map which has the locations of Franke’s Vivero, Primavera Vivero and  Bodega Orgánica. These are invaluable resources in the San Miguel area for the home gardener.


Nature Friendly Pest Control

Using chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden and around our homes is harmful to wildlife and people too. Take a look at these tips for nature-friendly pest control.


Get to know our local pollinators

To know them is to love them… an introduction to our local pollinators.


Get to know our local birds

A list of our most common backyard birds with links to help you learn more about them and hear their calls and songs.


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