What is a habitat landscape (habitat garden)? A habitat landscape is one that focuses on using native plants and water features to attract wildlife - those colorful songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies we all love! Aesthetically these landscapes are beautiful and have much more to offer than a typical, conventional landscape with greenery and seasonal annuals that must be replaced each year.
Why are habitat landscapes so important? Habitat-Landscapes believes it is vitally important to grow communities with a deeper respect for living beauty because there is incredible beauty, wonder and a sense of peace that is found in Nature. In addition, we have an urgency to protect Nature because urbanization is taking over – our rural areas that have served as the feeding grounds for small wildlife are disappearing. Bees, Monarch butterflies and many birds are being threatened with extinction due to this loss of habitat. The good news is that just because we have been short-sighted in our planning and development doesn’t mean all is lost. Most species can live quite nicely right alongside us if their most basic ecological needs are met. This is where habitat landscapes come in. Habitat landscapes benefit both humans and Nature. We can provide the food and protection our wildlife needs and, in turn, experience the wonder and peacefulness of Nature.
While working as a Garden Designer for REAL School Gardens, she installed 40 habitat gardens in elementary schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her latest projects include consulting on a 6,000 square feet habitat garden for the Valley Ranch Homeowners Association and the design of a demonstration habitat garden for the Dallas Zoo. She has written gardening articles for The Irving Journal and for the Valley Ranch Newsletter. Nancy is a Dallas County Master Gardener, is certified as a Texas Certified Nursery Professional with the Texas Nursery Landscape Association and is certified in landscaping with native plants by the Native Plant Society of Texas.
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