Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: NWF and Scotts Miracle Gro - Just Say NO!

This is not a wordless post, but important just the same, so please forgive me if it's not my normal photo heavy Wordless Wednesday type of post.

This week the National Wildlife Federation and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced a new partnership in this press release. This will never be a match made in heaven, but a disaster for our wildlife and our environment. Please join in the protest of this new partnership by adding your comments to one of the following places:

or add the #nwf hash tag to your tweet.

Come and read the discussions at the following websites:

Beautiful Wildlife Garden:

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens:

And finally, if you'd like to hear the CEO of NWF talk to all of the supporters that was held today, here is the video feed:

You don't have to be a gardener, wildlife lover, environmentalist or even get into nature. You just need to be a human to see that this will never be a good idea for us, our children or our planet.

Thanks for listening.


Oh, and the Certified Wildlife Habitat Logo I've had on this blog for so many years - it's gone and will not be back. I'm too embarrassed to say I ever had one.

Photo Attributions: Images of logos of NWF and Scotts are owned by their respective companies.

*****************Update to this Post, as of January 29th, 2012 *****************

I am happy to report that NWFwill be terminating the partnership with Scotts. Their joint press release is listed in part below.

"The National Wildlife Federation has worked together with ScottsMiracle-Gro over the past two years on programs to educate gardeners about global warming, connect children to the outdoors and help restore habitat following the Gulf oil disaster. Both parties recently announced plans for an even broader partnership that was based on our common interests.
Since that time, Scotts announced a pending legal settlement related to events in 2008 that predate our partnership, which has made it clear that the partnership is not viable. Therefore, NWF and Scotts will work together to end the partnership in a friendly and mutually beneficial way."
To read the entire press release, please visit the link here:


Monday, January 2, 2012

Reflections on 2011

Ponderosa's frosty needles dazzle as always.

My birthday hike was especially beautiful, 
even with the snow.

Aspen leaves through the skylight paint a striking portrait in the sky.

Minnesota is so green in late summer. How I miss the water 
but not the mosquitos or humidity.

There are always interesting plants to photograph 
at the Como Park Conservatory.

Driving to Rice University to drop my freshman son 
into his new life far from home.

Trees in Texas are oh so much different 
than the Pine forest I live in.

My favorite wildlife visitor of 2011. 
What a privilege to see.

I was home enough this year to see
so much beauty and wonder in my gardens.

These cactus were thriving this year 
even with little rain.

Attending the Colorado Lavender Festival in Palisade, 
with my good friend Patty, was the highlight of July. 
So many good smells, great gardens 
and wonderful people.

Taos in June was magical.
Going to the top of the mountains and bottom of Rio Grande River, 
enjoying the magic and wonder of Mother Nature with my husband.

Sometimes the nature close to home is as breathtaking 
as that in far away places.
Looking up during a hike is as important as looking ahead. 
May you look to many directions to see the beauty of nature!!

2011 was a whirlwind year of travel, transitions and too many events. Over 6000 miles driven, 1000's of photos taken, and many articles written. Sadly, I was very bad at updating this gardening blog and I apologize for my absence. I did not stop my writing nor my support of wildlife, nature and gardening. My weekly posts at Beautiful Wildlife Garden have been many and I encourage you to visit and join in our conversations. I'm so honored to be part of the Wildlife Garden team of writers and especially grateful to Carole Brown of Ecosystem Gardening for the chance to have my voice heard. I'm hopeful that the new year will provide me with a push to be more consistent in posting to Gardening for Nature for all of you. I'm looking forward to experiencing the ever changing wonders of nature and our planet, sharing my photos and reading your comments.
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