Welcome to my Garden Blog

Nature: wild & untouched. Photographing it, preserving it, taking walks and drinking in the landscapes as they unfold.

Gardens: touched by loving hands. Cultivated, nurtured. Drinking in those landscapes is wonderful, as well.

In my garden one enjoys some of both. Generally unpruned & wild, my plants reshape the garden as they grow.

Beyond the garden borders, natives from the Santa Monica Mtns await. Oak trees with their shady canopies. Cactus & Sage in the sun.

Always there are animal creatures to join in the fun.

I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you as they unfold.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Winning the North American Native Plant Society 2013 Conservation Award

2013 Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award

This year's Conservation Award given by the North American Native Plant Society went to Carole Brown, creator of three blogs: Ecosystemgardening.com, Beautifulwildlifegarden.com and Nativeplantwildlifegarden.com.  The award was given based on her non-stop dedication to spreading the word about native plants.  Why do native plants matter? What benefit do they have to your garden? Why plant native plants .. because they belong! 

As a writer who contributes regularly to Beautifulwildlifegarden.com, I cannot help but feel a flush of pride being part of this Team of writers and gardeners who feel passionately about replacing something of the wild places that man has taken away.  The blogs aim to do this by educating gardeners and creating a dialogue where all comments are welcome.  We want to give back wild open spaces to the insects, birds & animals that live here on this planet with us, by transforming the land one garden at a time. 

Carole definitely deserves this award, as she pulls us all together as writers and gives us a chance to make our voices heard, as well as letting us know that there are other like-minded folks out there. My voice is but one in the chorus that sings for more wild places~

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Wildflowers, Santa Monica Mtns

Wildflowers, Santa Monica Mtns