Indianapolis Honored as a Top Five City That Gardens for Wildlife

IWF has been honored as one of the top 5 cities that Garden for Wildlife!


Top Five Cities That Garden for Wildlife


Did you know that you can help wildlife by gardening? That’s right! By planting native plants, providing water sources, and creating safe places for wildlife to raise their young, you can create a backyard habitat that will attract birds, butterflies, bees, and other animals.

The Indiana Wildlife Federation is a great resource for information on how to garden for wildlife. They offer a variety of resources, including a certification program and educational materials.

So what are you waiting for? Start gardening for wildlife today!


There are many benefits to gardening for wildlife. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased biodiversity: By providing a variety of food sources and habitats, you can help to increase the diversity of wildlife in your area.
  • Improved air quality: Native plants help to filter air pollution, which can improve air quality for humans and animals.
  • Reduced stress: Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health.
  • Increased property value: Studies have shown that homes with gardens and other natural features sell for more money than homes without them.

How to get started:

If you’re interested in getting started with gardening for wildlife, here are a few tips:

  • Choose native plants: Native plants are adapted to the local climate and conditions, so they are more likely to survive and thrive.
  • Provide a variety of food sources: Birds, butterflies, and other animals need a variety of food sources to survive. Plant a variety of native plants that provide nectar, fruit, and seeds.
  • Create a water source: A water source is essential for wildlife, especially during hot weather. Provide a birdbath or other water source in your yard.
  • Add some shelter: Wildlife also needs places to hide from predators and the elements. Add some shelter to your yard by planting shrubs or trees, or by creating a brush pile.

Gardening for wildlife is a great way to help the environment and improve your own quality of life. By following these tips, you can create a backyard habitat that will attract birds, butterflies, bees, and other animals.