Sign identifies Sunset's editorial test garden in Menlo Park, California, as a certified wildlife habitat. Seed and nectar plants keep birds and butterflies happy here.
Thomas J. Story
How to certify your garden
For details about backyard wildlife habitats and the certification process, order the National Wildlife Federation's booklet, Wildlife Habitat Planning Guide for Backyards and Beyond ($14.95, including shipping. NWF, Backyard Wildlife Habitat, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190; 585/461-3092). To apply for certification, request an application by mail from the NWF, or download one here. To help the certification process, include the following with your application:
Snapshots, which allow the naturalist-reviewers to see what's described in the application
Common names of plants and animals in your garden
The wildlife food and water that your garden supplies in each season