Thickets for Wildlife – GardenRant

Thickets for Wildlife – GardenRant
Like so many people these days, I’ve been catching up with old friends by phone – including former Ranter Evelyn Hadden in Boise, Idaho. She’s a busy singer-songwriter and DJ these days, and I’ve missed seeing photos of her garden. But she remedied that situation immediately, shooting and then posting and album of her April 2020 garden. It was there that I saw the photo above of her “cluster of shrubs for bird habitat and privacy.” The importance of shrubs and other vertical elements is being stressed by experts like Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, who in her “Science of Gardening” class for Great Courses suggests that it benefits wildlife even more than focusing on plant origin (along with reducing the amount of highly managed lawns). I asked Evelyn to expand on her vertical structure and she was happy to. Hi, Susan, I’m so glad you asked about my thicket! This cluster... Read More