Inspiration for the Month: New Gardens for a Changing World

If I had my own yard, I would scatter wildflower seeds everywhere.  This is one of my dreams.  And so I was happy to come across excerpts from Jane Goodall’s new book Seeds of Hope in an article by Bill Moyers:

Last month Gombe videographer Bill Wallauer wrote to tell me about how he and his wife, Kristin, were transforming their “typical ridiculous American lawn” into a native plant habitat for bees and other insects and birds and a whole host of small creatures.

Right now the biggest new gardening trend in the United States is the elimination of fertilizer-​dependent and water-​draining grass lawns. Instead, gardeners are discovering the joys of creating more environmentally friendly habitats with native trees and plants — those that have been living in the area for hundreds of years and are adapted to the climate.

“My favorite spot is our beautiful native-​woodland-​wildflowers area, which has species like wild ginger, wild leak, and trillium,” he recently wrote to me. So far he has recorded 37 bird species in their “tiny little backyard.”

Almost everyone I meet wants to save wild animals and insects, but they often don’t realize how important it is to preserve the anchors of the wildlife community — the native plants.


Jane Goodall

Involving Children in Planting Gardens (Photo from

Nice, eh?!?

Yours in aging with class,

P.S.  Photo of Jane Goodall found at this link.

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5 Responses to Inspiration for the Month: New Gardens for a Changing World

  1. Kathy says:

    Great ideo! Both Arshag and I love wild flowers, and it’s also our dream to have a yard to plant lots of wild flowers. Whenever Arshag sees wild flowers in the woods, he picks a bouquet for me to put on our kitchen table. We both love wild flowers more than the store bought variety. Thanks, Janie, for the reminder..

  2. Kathy says:

    I meant idea, not ideo. Duh!

  3. Debbie says:

    I had a dream last night that I was gathering wildflowers from a beautiful field. I was sad when I woke up this morning to no bouquet and to see that my daffodils had been pelted by ice. 🙂 We will have to plan a trip to Tower Hill soon.

  4. The gift for guests at the wedding last weekend was wildflower seeds. Yes…to Tower Hill… 🙂

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