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Wildlife and Your Garden

Butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds,

Butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, frogs, ladybugs—your garden isn’t only about horticulture! Just as Louis specifies plants for their shape, form, texture and color, so can he tailor your garden to attract appealing, fascinating and beneficial wildlife.

Renaissance Gardening is experienced at creating landscapes that provide food and shelter for ornamental and/or beneficial animals. There are many good reasons to garden for wildlife: animals are beautiful, entertaining and enchanting, but they also fulfill several important functions. They devour flies, mosquitoes and other annoying insects, act as pollinators and add natural fertilizer. Wildlife also acts as a barometer of your ecosystem’s health. For instance, amphibians breathe through their skin; if your frogs are happy and healthy, so is your garden.

We never use traps, poison, or any method that harms wildlife

By landscaping for fauna as well as flora, Louis’ gardens attract fascinating, helpful creatures, add extra interest and pleasure to your surroundings and help wildlife to survive in your garden when it often struggles to thrive elsewhere.

We never use traps, poison, or any method that harms wildlife. Instead, we tailor plantings to provide food and shelter for specific wildlife, and to repel others. Our bee-free gardens, one of which was featured in a 2004 issue of Metropolitan Home, feature horticulture that simply doesn’t interest bees, and therefore they don’t visit or tarry. Our "Summer Home by the Sea" garden, featured on the cover of House & Garden in 2002, could scarcely be more colorful. But, but because it has almost no flowers, the hordes of deer enjoy but don't chew. Others of our gardens stylishly welcome the local woodchucks, with plenty of plants that are unpalatable and attractive in equal measure.

A wildlife garden doesn’t have to be an overgrown, unkempt garden—far from it. Nor does it have to be large—a great wildlife garden can be created in a distant corner of your traditional garden, or even a window box. Encourage your choice of fascinating wildlife creatures into your garden for the greater benefit of all the life on your property—including your own.

The toad has indeed no superior as a destroyer of noxious insects, and as he possesses no bad habits and is entirely inoffensive himself, every owner of a garden should treat him with utmost hospitality.—Celia Thaxter
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