For the Birds: A Garden Webinar with Margaret Roach

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I always say the birds taught me to garden. And I thank them.

What started out decades ago as merely a semi-conscious wish to see more birds while I started a garden on a former blank canvas, ended up bringing about 65 avian species into the garden each year, each in its own time, with a smaller but substantial number nesting in it or at its periphery.

In this 90-minute webinar, I’ll share all my “if I knew then what I know now” aha’s about setting realistic aims (no, not every site is going to attract bluebirds no matter how many boxes you buy!) and accomplishing them—all with in the context of a visually pleasing home landscape.

The class includes Q&A time after the slide talk, so come prepared with your questions.

We’ll cover:

  • Take proper aim: Before you misdirect efforts, how to evaluate what birds you can potentially attract, anyway
  • The top 7 guidelines for making a garden that makes birds right at home, including…
  • … how to “retrofit” an existing garden that may be more aesthetically driven or a collector’s garden
  • The powerhouse plant genera that are key elements of inviting birds, wherever you garden
  • Creating what I call bio-hedges and other mixed plantings to make birds at home—and finding room for them in your yard
  • Best practices for bird-feeding, nest boxes, and other non-plant garden elements (both do’s and don’ts)
  • Plus lots of amazing avian “aha’s” I’ve gleaned along the way, and…
  • ...the “must” resources online and off that will plug you into the location-specific info you need

This class will be broadcast live using GoToWebinar software, accessible on your computer, iPad or even phone—but I recommend a bigger screen to see the photos best. Once you purchase a ticket, you’ll receive instructions for how to get into the GoToWebinar system and download the software, and reminders along the way before class time.

A handout will be provided including top plants, links to online resources to continue your learning, and more.

I hope you’ll join me for my newest webinar, about my favorite subject.

About Margaret Roach

It’s a tossup whether Margaret Roach likes birds or plants more, but what she likes most of all are gorgeous plants that win the local birds’ seal of approval. For nearly 30 years, Margaret has shared organic-gardening advice with others in writing, on radio and in person. Margaret was garden editor at “Newsday” newspaper on Long Island; the first garden editor at Martha Stewart Living, and then EVP/Editorial Director of Martha’s company, in charge of content for internet, magazines, and books. She is the author of several books, and since 2008 has created the much-praised A Way to Garden dot com, with an award-winning weekly companion podcast and Facebook group of more than 92,000 followers. Her garden writing has also been also published in “The New York Times,” “Country Gardens,” “Organic Gardening,” “More,” “Mother Earth News” and elsewhere. She co-created ahead-of-its-time book “The Natural Habitat Garden” in 1994 with Ken Druse—who is a monthly guest on Margaret’s podcast.

Cancellation policy:

Reservations canceled one week prior to class time will be refunded; within one week, credit will be issues for another section of the class or one of Margaret's other webinars.

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