Ewing Gardens currently certified by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
If your garden is certified by the NWF and is not listed here, please contact us and we will be delighted to include it in our listing.
ANTHEIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COURTYARD GARDEN
Created and maintained by the students at Antheil Elementary School (339 Ewingville Rd)
This surprisingly large space is used as an outdoor classroom by all the students at Antheil. There are multiple seating areas, a small goldfish pond, bird feeders, a demonstration compost area, a wildflower garden for butterflies, a “Reading Garden”, raised beds with vegetables, and several other garden areas featuring perennials.
CHELSEA AVENUE WILDLIFE HABITAT
Created and maintained by Eileen Antolino (201 Homecrest Ave)
This yard has a wild appeal and has been a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation for 5 years. The owner incorporates all the elements of food, water, places to raise young and sustainable practices to meet the requirements for certification. The garden is mostly native plants, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and a variety of songbirds and raptors. She promotes the Network of Backyard Habitats which creates oases for migrating birds and compensates for the urban sprawl which threatens a contiguous Atlantic Flyway.
COLLEEN CIRCLE WILDLIFE HABITAT
Created and maintained by Glenn A. Steinberg (60 Colleen Circle)
The owner thinks of himself very much as a plant collector (or maybe even a plantaholic), and his yard and house are home to around 300 species of plants. The owner uses many native plants and no pesticides or herbicides, so the 1/3-acre yard is also home to lots of insects, goldfish, birds, snakes, rabbits, a ground hog, and deer. The plants are mostly perennial forbs, bushes, and trees, many of them producers of edible fruits, leaves, or roots. The owner believes in crush planting and likes his garden beds to be spilling over with fertility and life.
Created and maintained by Linda and Gary Rostron (474 Parkway Ave.)
One might not expect such a retreat on bustling Parkway Avenue. As you approach, note the colorful curbside garden, planted with perennials, tough enough to resist drought, road salt and hostile pedestrian traffic. Enter through the courtyard where fountains and wind chimes hint at what lies beyond the cedar gate. If lucky, you may spot a hummingbird supping at the courtyard’s trumpet vine.
At the rear of the garden, looms a Silver Maple, estimated at 160 years old. The homeowners have worked to create a haven for birds, beneficial insects, and even their gardening nemeses – squirrel and rabbit. Compost bins and five rain barrels support eco-friendly gardening; pathways throughout are of natural mulch. The patio fountain, with its large basin, is a favorite of the feathered friends.
MULLOWNEY REWILDED GARDEN HABITAT
Created and maintained by Joanne Mullowney (20 Alexander Drive)
The property has little lawn left and this 2017 NWF certified site is gardened in accordance with organic principles. The sunny front yard has a courtyard garden complete with fountain for growing pollinator favorites. It also has an old-fashioned front porch where the owners enjoy engaging with neighbors walking by. A rain garden on the side of the driveway serves to capture both rainwater and interest as it is filled with continuous colorful blooms. The shaded backyard features a wildlife pond and habitat. It is a work in progress as the owner is removing some of the nonnative species and replacing them with plantings that will also provide some of the food and habitat lost with suburban expansion.
PARKWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COURTYARD GARDEN
Created and maintained by the students at Parkway Elementary School. (Parkway Ave)