This Ridgefield, Connecticut bird lover requested a garden that she and her family could enjoy while supporting beneficial insects and wildlife that have also found their home at the end of her wooded cul-de-sac.

The newly planted river birch support several hundred species of butterflies, they also produce seeds and flower buds that are important food sources for songbirds.   The existing shagbark hickory has been pruned and maintained.  In New England hickories are host to over 200 species of butterflies and beneficial moths including the royal walnut moth, one of the largest and most beautiful Lepidoptera in North America.  Newly planted native perennials and shrubs including bee balm, blue star and winterberry attract hummingbirds, cardinals and chickadees.