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How To Create a Glenview Native Habitat Garden 

Getting Started

Any place where you can create a native habitat garden can be recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat™ including your yard, local park, container garden, schoolyard, or corporate landscape. 


Providing a sustainable habitat for wildlife begins with your plants. That’s why we call it a habitat “garden.” When you plant native plant species, you create a habitat that supports beneficial pollinators. Adding water sources (such as a bird bath), providing nesting boxes (such as a birdhouse or mason bee house), and adopting sustainable gardening practices will further support beneficial wildlife and the local environment.   

As you plan your garden, think about making your turf areas smaller (less grass to mow) and using native plants and herbs in your garden.   Be sure to review the list of plants that attract pollinators

What You Need to Create a Wildlife Garden

Download the Garden Certification Walk-Through Checklist

Certifying is as simple as providing the four habitat components and practicing sustainable gardening techniques such as eliminating pesticides, conserving water, and planting native species. 

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Native plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, pollen, and insects eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.

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All animals need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.

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Wildlife need places to find shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or stalk prey.

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Wildlife need resources to reproduce and keep their species going. Some species have totally different habitat needs in their juvenile phase than they do as adults.

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How you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water, and habitat for native wildlife as well as the human community.






How-To, Plant Lists, All About Pollinator Gardens, and Where to Shop
Check out our extensive resources for how-to suggestions, plant lists, pollinator gardens, and more! Plus you'll find a list of recommended vendors for all your native habitat garden needs (or wants)!

Everything you need to get started including a great list of resources.

Here's what you need and how to get certified by the National Wildlife Federation. 

Check out our progress towards getting the Village of Glenview certified. 

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