Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Backyard

In the Garden

Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Backyard

Native Landscaping with Glenn Olsen

Increasingly homeowners around the country are creating landscapes and gardens to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. These natural habitat gardens include the use of plants native to the region and can create a thriving ecosystem, reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, watering and maintenance. Not only are these gardens attractive to wildlife, they provide an interesting, healthy environment for people.

Learn which plants are well adapted to the extremes of weather on the upper Texas coast. Participants will learn the principles needed to create an oasis for birds and butterflies as well as a personal retreat in an increasingly urbanized world.

Topics will include:

  • Soil types and preparation

  • Garden concepts and design

  • Plant selection for the upper Texas coast

  • Plant diversity and placement

  • Plants that attract birds and butterflies

  • Bird baths, fountains, ponds and other water features

  • Being a good neighbor and gardener

  • Certifying your garden as a wildlife habitat

Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Glenn Olsen has been active in habitat education, bird watching, conservation, and landscaping for over 20 years. Past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a co-founder of the “Wildscapes Workshop”, Glenn has organized plant rescues, worked to create habitat gardens on school campuses and presented landscaping workshops and programs at the SFA Native Plant Conference, Houston Audubon, Galveston and Rockport Birding Festivals. Through his boutique landscape consulting service, Glenn specializes in creating sustainable landscapes that provide habitat for birds, beneficial pollinators, and other wildlife.
Cost: $40 for members; $65 for non-members.
Class Size: 10 min. / 20 max.


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