I met and got to know Elizabeth through reading and reviewing her wonderful book for my blog, MEcuperate. In the book , ‘Dream Accomplished: A Story of Cancer, A Mother’s Love and Taylor Swift’, she speaks a little of her work and I admit I was intrigued. Her line of work wasn’t the usual, run-of-the-mill, kind. Her family ran a wildlife garden design and install company. Elizabeth would meet with clients and design landscaping that was nature friendly and encourage wildlife. For example, they don’t use pesticides. The plants are beautiful, but helpful to wildlife, such as berries, seeds, nesting etc. Her husband would then install the garden.
When illness hit, in 2012, they had to sell the business, but a year ago she realised she can still help clients, online. Through the marvel of FaceTime, Skype, email or the phone clients can literally carry Elizabeth round with them or send photo’s and they receive personalised help and advice.
I love the quote on the website “By wildlife gardening together we’re all saving the world 1 little lot at a time”. My dad’s garden was designed using wildlife gardening principles. His garden is a place of therapy for those who love nature. He loves to sit and watch the wildlife that his garden encourages, and my kids have taken a great interest in the birds and their nests!
The website is great and contains a lot of information to help you learn more about wildlife gardening, what it entails and its benefits.
We have to share the land. The animals seem to be clashing with us because they’re being pushed out of “Wild” areas due to constant building and they’re relying on our landscaping, as that is mostly all that is left. By maintaining landscaping in the Traditional manner there’s no food for the animals to eat BUT the decorative landscaping. By Gardening FOR Wildlife, you share.
If you’re interested in transforming your garden to become more nature friendly, then have a look at the services Elizabeth and her family offer, http://lotsoflifeonalittlelot.com/services.html
As you can see from the photos the benefits of Wildlife gardening speak for themselves. It is a beautiful way to enjoy and encourage nature, living side by side. With the Personal Wildlife Gardening Assistance offered at just $20 per hour, you can be assured of getting the help you need to make the transition, from a reliable and experienced couple:
Owners Marc & Elizabeth Gross are BOTH Horticultural Alum from The Ohio State University & Elizabeth is also a Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat Ambassador. They have been helping homeowners transition from traditional landscaping to nature-friendly since 1996.