In the wildlife garden

Wildlife habitat gardener Nancy Bauer, author of “The California Wildlife Garden,” is the featured speaker for the October 3 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club. Her talk “Bringing Nature Home: A Wildlife Habitat Garden for Bees, Butterflies and Birds” begins at 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center.

The session addresses supporting gardens as one of the last refuges for many songbird species, butterflies, bees and other beneficial creatures that have lost habitat due to human development. Bauer will review successful ways owners of Bay Area wildlife habitat gardens and ponds have provided the basics of food, cover and water for these creatures. Habitat gardens are environmentally-friendly, use less water, are easy to maintain, and offer a daily invitation to have a more intimate relationship with nature in one’s own backyard.

Bauer has been giving programs and workshops on habitat gardening for nature organizations, school groups, garden clubs and botanical gardens throughout the Bay Area for the past 12 years. She also wrote “The Habitat GardenBook: Wildlife Landscaping for the San Francisco Bay Region. ”

The public is welcome to the free talk, which will be followed by refreshments and a garden raffle. The Valley of the Moon Garden Club is a non-profit organization hosting gardeners of all levels to share about gardening in a fun and community-supportive atmosphere. For more information call 935-5939.

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