After my discovery that I had been making many mistakes in creating welcoming habitat for wildlife in my garden as well as my client’s gardens, I went on a mission to find out everything that I could about how to best share our spaces with the critters around us.

At this time, there was very little information, and I soon discovered that the information that did exist recommended the very same invasive plants that I was now working so hard to remove from people’s landscapes. These were books by well-respected sources, too. Rodale had produced several books on the subject of wildlife gardening or butterfly gardening, and so had the National Audubon Society.

It was 1993 when Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards by Sara Stein, arrived on the shelves of my local bookstore (I spent as much time searching for information as I did searching for plants). I felt like I had found my soul sister. Finally, someone was putting into words all of the things I had been trying to find a way to teach my clients!

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