Boulder Yard Transformed Into A Habitat Hero Wildscape
Habitat Hero Linda B. Explains How She Created Her "Botanical Zoo"
Habitat Hero, a project of the Audubon Rockies, Plant Select and High Country Gardens, continues to expand, with 63 new honorees named in 2015, totaling 200 acres in transformed habitat. Supporting wildlife and conserving water, these wildscapes include residential and community gardens, school yards, city open spaces and public demonstration gardens.
One of those honored for her wildscape garden in Fall of 2015 was Linda B. of Boulder, CO. She purchased the tract home some 30 years ago, with the goal of turning the existing flat, brown yard into a flowering rock garden and a sanctuary for humans and wildlife.
A graphic designer with a degree in zoology/botany, Linda has passion for plants and an interest in low-water gardening. “I have a real love for all things wild, an interest in low-water usage and a passion for numerous ‘fun’ plants. I garden because I enjoy good physical exercise and have an enthusiasm to learn.” Over the years, Linda has hauled tons of rock, amended the soil, and experimented with plant materials and design. Linda explained, “It is a rewarding feeling to enjoy the result and know I physically did it all myself."
"I think of my yard as a botanical zoo. I love the fact that the neighbors, the birds, the insects and even some four-legged wildlife all enjoy it too. I’m a creative gardening addict and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” said Linda.
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