Biodiversity gardening is an educational website intended for anyone interested in the conservation of the living natural world. Our passion is biodiversity, and by sharing our passion with our readers, we hope to create awareness of the importance of biodiversity worldwide. This website was made public on Earth Day, 2011
In 2011 I coined the term "biodiversity gardening" out of necessity. I wanted a name for our transformative gardening practice. It was obvious from empirical evidence that biodiversity had increased substantially in our garden due to the presence of native plants. In a beechnutshell, biodiversity gardening is rigorous, or strict native plant gardening that includes elements of habitat restoration. It is small-scale, whimsical ecological restoration. It is not exact. It does not require a complex design or plan before you begin. It is the simple practice of replacing non-native plants with a diversity of native species on your property. Add a small wood pile, and some rocks here and there. Believe me, the animals will come. Biodiversity will thrive in your garden.
Native plant gardening has a long history in North America. But the term "native plant gardening" does not convey the importance of native plants in maintaining the food webs of our terrestrial ecosystems. Native plants maintain biodiversity because native animals are adapted to feed on them -- they require native plants for nutrition. Just prior to the launch of this site, I coined the term "biodiversity gardening" to more accurately describe the essential role of native plants in ecosystems. What are you waiting for? Start your biodiversity garden today! Check out some of our favourite native plants.
Nina M. Zitani: Co-Founder, Website Designer, Editor, Contributor R. Greg Thorn: Contributor Acer Van Wallendael: Past Contributor Peter Van Wallendael: Co-Founder & Past Contributor