Gardening with Wildlife

A Milkweed - specifically

A Milkweed – specifically “Butterflyweed” (Asclepia tuberosa)

A Garden and Wildlife Journal from West of Montreal

In a leafy suburb to the west of Montreal we have worked for almost twenty years to transform what was once a somewhat uninteresting square of grass with a few trees and shrubs into 15,000 square feet of bosky varied wildlife habitat that is also full of enough traditional garden plants to gladden the heart of any “real” gardener. Today it is has spring to fall colour and yes, we even have some lawn. Most importantly, it isn’t on the edge of a marsh or backing onto wild countryside miles from anywhere. It certainly isn’t huge. It’s just a regular, medium sized suburban garden that nowadays has an unusually rich and varied list of some 111+ species of birds and innumerable butterflies, moths and other fascinating insects as well as all the suburban and peri-urban mammals you might expect.

Over the years we have given presentations to local groups in which we talk about how anyone can get started in wildlife, and especially bird, gardening. We will gradually make some of our experiences available here in the months ahead. There is something here for everyone, visitors, gardeners and simply those who enjoy what we enjoy.

We publish a weekly post about the plants in the garden (starting in January 2017). We write about what we see each week, the plans we have for improving the site and new and better ways to encourage the birds and other creatures that live or visit here. We hope you will find our material interesting and informative.

You are invited to Follow our weekly journal through the year by sending us your email address (see below). Dive into the accompanying pages to read how that original square of grass has become today’s rich wildlife garden – you will find useful ideas to help you bring the birds to your garden and answer the questions we are often asked about “how to do it”. If you don’t have a garden to work in please feel welcome to enjoy ours as the seasons change and birds come and go.

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Get in touch with the Wild Garden Gnomes. To ask questions or to chat about wildlife gardening, please click the button below to send us a private email.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Richard & Jean

Contact the Gardeners

This website is just about a garden and the creatures that visit but we have interests elsewhere, frequently involving photography and birding. Check the “Other Good Stuff” link at the top of the page or follow these links:

The Sparroworks Wildlife Co.
Squirrelworks / The Plant Project

Quick links to the most recent posts in the Garden Journal …

Brave little soldiers …

Saturday, March 25, 2017|0 Comments

  It’s still not spring … Friday saw yet another dump of snow, not a huge one like last week’s but enough to be a nuisance. A month ago, 23 February to be exact, [...]

Snow, snow, more snow and birds

Friday, March 17, 2017|0 Comments

Last week we had a good area of snow-free ground and were getting excited about possibilities for the next few days despite some bone-breaking night temperatures, a distinctly colder than usual for the date [...]

The Snow Retreats (slowly)

Saturday, March 11, 2017|4 Comments

Red-breated Nuthatch Putting in a first appearance this winter in the garden was a Red-breasted Nuthatch to join the pair of White-breasted Nuthatches we have been entertained by more regularly. The RBNU [...]

Snowdrops and Grackles

Saturday, March 4, 2017|1 Comment

As spring approaches (ever so cautiously) it's likely these weekly journal entries will grow in length so from here on we will split the comments up into sections, thus allowing you to skip the [...]

Cardinal Carnival

Friday, February 24, 2017|1 Comment

What a difference … although it's due to cool down a bit next week, this week has seen temperatures soaring (13C on the day this is being written) to levels so far above normal [...]

Dopes in Winter

Saturday, February 18, 2017|2 Comments

Quite the week for snow as winter finally starts to show signs, albeit very slight signs, of heading towards the end of its run. Days are notably longer and the sun is higher in [...]