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Garden for Wildlife Month

“Be it an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, any space can accommodate a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but also qualify your garden to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat. During May, the National Wildlife Federation sponsors this month to inspire and assist anyone who is passionate about wildlife to make a difference right in their own backyard.” (Chase’s Calendar of Events 2015)

Butterfly

Butterfly
Photo by Robin Koch, USFWS Volunteer [CC BY 2.0]

This website has inspired me and my kids to participate in the “Garden for Wildlife” initiative. We are going to visit our local plant nursery or garden center and choose some plants that will attract wildlife. We only have a small space of dirt to work with, so I’m going to add potted plants and trees to enhance our patio area. My kids also help with their school gardens. They plant flowering plants, seeds, vegetables, and more. It’s wonderful for them to learn how to create a garden and help wildlife at the same time. Plus gardens make surroundings beautiful.

Community gardening

Community Gardening
Photo by Brett Billings, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A great resource for learning about gardens and gardening is SIRS Discoverer. Here are some examples of our articles for students:

Get Outside: Butterfly Garden National Geographic Kids

Green Scene: Create a Hummingbird Garden! National Geographic Kids

How are your students learning about gardening this month? Share with us in the comments below.

Discoverer Spotlight: Gifts from the Garden Month

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Organic Fruits and Vegetables at Marketplace
by National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Gardens are wondrous miracles of Mother Nature. Imagineā€¦a plot or pot of soil, seeds, water, sunshine, and a little tending each day results in beautiful gifts from the Earth! There are all types of gardens all over the world, each with their own special offerings. Flower gardens full of beautiful colors and wondrous scents; vegetable gardens offering a bounty of fresh carrots, peppers, radishes, and tomatoes; fruit groves where trees are heavy with oranges, apples, and peaches; berry bushes dotted with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries; herb gardens fragrant with basil, thyme, and oregano; even bonsai gardens filled with tiny, old trees. These gifts brighten our homes, help our minds be more calm and patient, and make our bodies healthier. Gardens give us a bounty of health and happiness!

Join SIRS Discoverer and celebrate Gifts from the Garden Month during the month of May. Find articles aboutĀ rooftop gardens, hydroponic gardens, bonsai gardens, butterfly gardens, and even Antarctic gardens! Learn about the many gifts a garden provides, from delicious fruits and healthy vegetables to self-esteem and friendship. Gardens even provide food and shelter for wildlife! Perhaps you will be inspired to start your own garden and discover what gifts a garden can provide for you.