By Lisa Brunette
Our garden was featured in the summer 2022 issue of the national publication Wild Ones Journal. Wild Ones features a member garden in each issue, and we were honored to be chosen for this summer's spotlight. Editor Barbara A. Schmitz interviewed both Anthony and me over the phone, and I provided photos to illustrate the piece. It was a real treat to talk with Barbara, who asked good questions and gave the garden its due, in spades.
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. It's comprised of regional membership chapters, of which our St. Louis, Missouri, chapter is the largest!
You can read more about the Wild Ones St. Louis chapter here on the blog, or go check out their website. As we've mentioned previously, we could not have achieved platinum status in the Audubon Society's Bring Conservation Home program so quickly without the tremendous resources of Wild Ones, as well as the care and generosity of its members.
The article on our garden appeared in the digital publication sent out by email to all Wild Ones members, but here's a clipping of just our article if you'd like to take a peek!
I have to tell you that I had one of the best stepmom moments ever when I mailed a copy to Zander in Navy boot camp, and he wrote back to say he'd read it to all of his buddies there, and they loved it! He's doing great, by the way: Now an official sailor! He said he teared up when they gave him his hat. We're incredibly proud parents, and doubly happy to hear he's 100 percent satisfied with his decision to go military.
Thanks for your interest in our little experiment here on 1/4-acre. Through the trials and triumphs, it's nice to know you're there, supporting us.