I am thrilled to have a story in the summer issue of Wilder Quarterly. The piece is about creating a garden that will acts as a habitat for wildlife, including birds, butterflies and other insects that are a critical part of any ecosystem.
Unfortunately a few details of the story, didn't make it into the magazine and I wanted to share them here. The garden featured belongs to Portland residents Marina Wynton and her husband Mike Pajunas, who ripped out their lawn and created a certified wildlife habitat garden.
A landscape designer by profession (her landscaping and garden design company is Olivine Land LLC.), Wynton designed the space to include a third evergreen, a third deciduous and a third perennial plants; the design includes multiple canopy levels, including ground cover, a shrub level and an upper canopy. Not only does the variety of plants and levels contribute to the composition of the garden, but it also feeds birds and insects and provides shade and cover. (Plus, Wynton and Pajunas’s dense planting style keeps weeds down and uses less water.)
If you're interested in turning your own garden into a wildlife refuge, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Wilder Quarterly and read the story!