Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Aug. 18, 2005)
Invite yourself and nature to your own
A bubbling waterfall, a water garden stocked with
shimmering Koi jewels, a circular bench around an old oak tree, a hammock strung
between two trees, an outdoor fireplace, a place for little green bees and
butterflies to sip nectar and gather pollen, a feeding station for birds or a bird
bath, however you imagine it, create a backyard oasis.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Watch the sunrise colors spill
upon your water garden over white, blue, pink and yellow water
Watch the sunrise colors spill upon your water garden over white, blue, pink and
yellow water lilies. Discover the stars, the milky way or the planets beyond. Read
a book while resting in a hammock, sipping fresh garden mint tea.
Some people seem to have a knack for creating special spaces while others are
challenged on where to place the picnic table. Dont be discouraged. Resources
abound, including your local Extension office and home improvement stores.
Youll discover that a pleasant tour of the Pinellas County Extension gardens
will furnish you with terrific ideas to get started. Follow up with meeting a
friend for lunch at the Florida Botanical Gardens. It would be impossible to leave
Turning your backyard into an oasis does not mean that you also have to burn a
hole in your pocketbook. You will be amazed at what you can find at discount and
secondhand stores, just for taking the time to go on a treasure hunt. If you are
one of those early risers that loves cruising garage sales, then you have it
First imagine what kind of enchanting space you want to create, perhaps a place
for a family barbecue, possibly build a simple butterfly garden near the pool or
place a bird feeder in front of the kitchen window. The skys the limit.
On Aug. 20, folks all across America will come together in backyards, parks, and
camps to enjoy a night of star-gazing, listening for nocturnal wildlife, and
exploring a whole other world right in their backyard. With a little planning you
may fancy taking part in the Great American Backyard Campout.
The National Wildlife Federation is extending a nationwide invitation to Americans
to attend the Great American Backyard Campout and discover a wild new world in your
own backyard! Be part of this nationwide event.
Go online to add your campsite. www.backyardcampout.org/. The NWF Backyard Campout Web site will
assist you in making the most of your event with packing lists, recipes, nocturnal
wildlife guides, exploration activities, a night sky-guide, local weather and more.
One quick note to our Floridian campers, it was 86 degrees at 11 p.m. last night.
Make certain you have lots of insect repellent, cold drinks and no one has said you
cant plug in a cooling fan into the outlet next to the barbecue.
Let us know if youre going to join the Great American Backyard Campout with
us and the more than 20,000 other Americans. After the campout, return to the
American Backyard Campout Web site to share your photographs and stories for a
chance to win a Backyard Weather station from WeatherBug and be profiled in Ranger
Americans return to your backyards. Campout or create an oasis. Watch swallowtails
and monarchs in a butterfly garden flowered in multicolor. Roast marshmallows over
a fire or set your telescope toward the stars.
Invite yourself and nature back into your own backyard. Imagine how one bird
feeder or one butterfly plant, one bat house or one small water garden, one cooling
shade tree or one owl house times thousands could create a better
world for all of Mother Natures creatures including us, back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.