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Brighten Your Winter Garden. Support Backyard Birds!

By | November 16th, 2017|Back Yard, Birds, Winter Care|

A female cardinal waits to drink melting snow. Many beautiful bird species, such as the Cardinal, Blue Jay and Downy Woodpecker live in Chicago year-round. With a cold and bitter winter forecasted ahead, you can play a crucial part in helping our feathered friends make it to spring by providing them with water, [...]

Create A Certified Wildlife Habitat in Your Garden

By | January 17th, 2017|Back Yard, Birds, Butterflies, Eco-Friendly, Landscaping for Birds, Native Plants|

We all love feeling a connection to nature and wildlife when we visit nearby parks and forest preserves. Have you ever thought about bringing that feeling home? There are many things you can do in your own yard to create a garden that attracts wildlife, regardless of how much space you have. You don’t need [...]

A Plant You Should Know- Beautyberry

By | September 15th, 2016|Autumn, Birds, Easy-Care Plants, Fall, Landscaping for Birds, Seasonal Color|

Here's a late bloomer that is well worth the wait. Spring and summer fly by, and this seemingly plain shrub looks like it wants to hide in the garden unnoticed. But when summer ends, watch out. Early Amethyst Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst') is about to take center stage. Why do we love this plant? For one, it's low [...]

Create A Bird-Friendly Garden

By | June 7th, 2016|Birds, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Landscaping for Birds|

A bird-friendly garden can be beautiful as well as functional. These visitors add another living dimension to the garden. It is possible to attract a variety of species to the garden throughout the year in the Chicago region. Birds have four major habitat needs: water, food, cover, and a place to raise their young. Water Birds require [...]