A new holiday tradition: establishing your Native Wildlife Neighborhood this fall

Ah! Traditions!
The things of which holidays are made.

By Debra Kiefel 

As we come closer to Thanksgiving, we here at Middlebrook Gardens hope you will help create a new tradition here in California—growing our Native Wildlife Neighborhoods, or *NWN.

While it is true that a California native garden can be planted at any time of the year, fall is the best time of the year to plant California native plant communities, making it the perfect time of the year for a new tradition!

Fall is the best time for planting native plants is because California’s renewal cycle is that of a Mediterranean climate. John Muir once said, “there are two seasons in California. Spring and Summer. Spring starts in October, and summer begins in May.”

Starting a new tradition of sharing information about NWN during the fall season also serves as a way for people to bring the ideas of conservation and preservation of California’s habitat to their family and friends.

So as you are clinking glasses of your favorite beverages and making toasts about the season, remember to make a toast to growing our NWNs and of restoration of natural systems in our own back and front yards.


* For those of you who are new to the CNGF newsletter, a NWN is a neighborhood where a minimum of 30 percent of the garden and yard space is planted with CA native plants.

If you would like to help grow our Native Wildlife Neighborhoods and would like to see more native wildlife habitat in your community, please contact Debra Kiefel at [email protected] or [email protected]

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