Rewilding the garden is about integrating native plant species and habitats that host wildlife, so that in addition to being a beautiful space for humans, it can also be a part of the ecosystem and serve as a reservoir for disappearing native species. It doesn't take acres of land to do it, even devoting a square meter (3' x 3') will help native wildlife!
Wilding Green is the 5.7-acre hobby farm in middle Tennessee, USA, where my family moved in 2018. After being introduced to the concept of rewilding, we embarked upon our ongoing journey to convert most of the lawn area into gardens and habitats of varying wildness and native tree and plant composition.
The explosion of species diversity and abundance that we have observed since taking a rewild approach has been phenomenal! Take a look at some of the species we have observed at Wilding Green and the host plants or microhabitats that attracted them.
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein
The Garden Wilder
I designed this site based on my Instagram journey @the.healing.gardener to provide information about:
Native habitats and species of the Southeast United States
Wilding Green - the continuing journey
Citizen science projects amateur naturalists can participate in
Gardening and cultivation tips
Trustworthy online native plant sources
Publication of The Garden Wilder online gardening program (someday I'll have time to make this)
My goal is to connect home gardeners with reasons, resources and guidance on choosing more ecologically sound practices and plants. Welcome!
Send me a message!
I would love to answer any questions or help you start your rewilding journey.
I also welcome any constructive feedback about my site, and the content.
All site photography is copyright 2022 Laurel Robison, and may only be reused with permission