Native plants and special design features can create a beautiful landscape that also creates a haven for interesting birds and butterflies. You can start by simply putting up a birdbath or planting a fruit-bearing native shrub in your garden. It’s not difficult to be successful, and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll attract while also conserving water. Join me in learning how to create a design on graph paper, what features to incorporate, as well as some common drought hardy plants to include so that you can open your back door to a world of wildlife. A short hike through the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Wildscape Garden will allow participants to see plants in nature and to look at various groupings and bed shapes for design ideas.
Judit Green is a 25 year employee of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. with a degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University. She has been an Urban Wildlife Biologist in San Antonio for the past 20 years conducting outreach and technical guidance on conservation of natural resources that benefit wildlife, landscapes, water, and people. She, along with many others, co-founded the first chapter of Texas Master Naturalists™ in San Antonio in 1996 and she is a contributing author and photographer to the Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife book.