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Create a lasting impact on the planet. And your loved ones.

Native plants not only help wildlife and ecosystems thrive, but they nourish humans, as well. Planting a garden is planting seeds for personal transformation.

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It’s good for your health.

Sometimes, we need a reason to go outside. Here’s a pretty good one. We’re all busy, but studies show gardening can have positive impacts on blood pressure, brain activity, sleep patterns, stress reduction, and mood. Working outdoors helps reduce Vitamin D deficiencies and provides physical exercise. If you want to go further on your gardening journey, plant vegetable and fruit plants—many rely on animal pollinators like bees to produce. It also happens to be a smart way to supply your family with healthy, fresh food.

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Did you know?

When tomatoes are visited regularly by “buzz” pollinators, they can yield up to 50% more fruit with tomatoes twice as big.

It’s good for your family and community.

Others like you are helping wildlife and our world. Join the movement. When you are part of Garden for Wildlife, you are in it together with other like-minded people who care about our shared environment. Gardening can bring your family closer together—and even your grandparents can join in on the journey. Once you start, you’ll be be sharing your feats with friends and on social media alike.

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It’s good for your soul.

Going outdoors and being at one with nature is more than just that. It has the power to renew and rejuvenate your spirit. Stepping up to help wildlife and knowing you’re making a positive difference in this world can change your outlook, especially during stressful times. Once your garden is in place, sitting back and watching the birds, butterflies and other wildlife that will flock to your home creates a happy place for everyone.

Quick Facts About Wildlife

 
Bird drinking water Birds

Since 1970, one third of North American Bird populations have declined. Backyard birds rely on thousands of caterpillars supplied by native plants.

Photo Credit: Anne Owen

Bee taking pollen from flower Bees

Roughly 30% of 4,000 native bee species are pollen specialists that restrict their diets to specific plants.

Butterfly taking pollen from flower Butterflies

The monarch butterfly that relies on native milkweed has declined by 90%.