Gardening Know How: Attracting Birds and Butterflies
What you'll learn
- Create a backyard that will attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial animals.
- Understand the important relationships between plants and animals, and how this relationship can help you create a thriving backyard full of birds, butterflies, and other beneficial animals.
- Identify exactly which flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants will attract and support birds and butterflies.
- Pick from a variety of simple, practical projects that will help create a thriving, healthy backyard ecosystem.
- Take small steps toward solving larger environmental problems
- Some gardening experience may help, but isn't required for success in this course.
- You should have access to an outdoor space where you can implement the projects covered in the course. A backyard isn't necessary! A patio, balcony, community garden, or rooftop will work too.
Want to attract more birds and butterflies to your yard?
In this course, you'll learn the secrets to creating a garden, patio, balcony, or backyard that welcomes birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. And the best part? These secrets involve small, practical changes that you can make even if you're really busy or on a budget, or never gardened before in your life!
And, by making small changes, you'll not only do something nice for the environment, you might also:
*Increase vegetable and fruit yields in your garden
*Notice fewer pests attacking your plants
*Save money by eliminating or reducing pesticide use
*Reduce the number of mosquitoes who call your yard their home
Best of all, you'll play an active part in helping struggling pollinator and songbird populations. And, not only will you help animals that share your backyard, you'll also help them worldwide. Way to go you!
That's because a portion of every purchase is donated to the Xerces Society, a non-profit organization that protects invertebrates, including butterflies, bees, and many other beneficial insects.
But be aware, this is a course where you not only learn. . .you act! Assignments, worksheets, and websites will all help you garden in a way that achieves results.
Here's what students are saying:
"Linda has done a great job of explaining in simple steps how to bring more beneficial insects, birds and butterflies etc into your garden making it a wonderful place to be. Her easy action steps will change the landscape of your garden quickly but with improvements you will benefit from for years to come." -Jackie Marie Beyer from The Organic Gardener Podcast
"Easy to listen to, good visuals, and great intro to the ideas of making Earth Friendly spaces in your backyard. I'm starting from zero knowledge in this area and she's bringing me up to speed quickly which is nice. Excited to get some bees and butterflies coming to my yard!" -La Stengele
Who this course is for:
- This is a practical, straightforward course for people who enjoy DIY projects, have a backyard (or patio or rooftop or community garden) available to them, and want to take some small steps toward helping the environment.
- If you're looking to learn any sort of advanced ecology, biology, or even horticulture this may not be the course for you!
I designed my first garden when I was 8 years old, using crayons, graph paper, and several of my dad's seed catalogs. Once I grew up, I decided to get serious about my hobby and earned a degree in landscape design!
Now I own my own company, LK Landscape Design, where I focus on beauty, functionality, and sustainability in both my design and maintenance services. My goal is to create spaces that fit a client's lifestyle, but that also provide food and shelter for neighborhood wildlife.