213. Wildlife Habitat

This garden not only nurtures native plants and pollinators, but also serves as a refuge for wildlife

that depends on these plants, especially birds. More than 30 species of birds have been recorded

in the garden.

For example, the black oak trees provide food and shelter for crows, blue jays, and grackles.

Loblolly pines offer nesting space and food for red bellied woodpeckers and shelter for

goldfinches, while house sparrows and rock pigeons feed on sunflowers.

This garden is designed to sustain a web of life. We use water management techniques—such as

permeable paving—to keep rain within the garden, instead of letting it run off into the sewers.

We also work to reduce energy use, minimize waste, and control pests through an integrated pest

management system that significantly reduces the need for chemical treatments. The Regional Garden is a good example of sustainable gardening. It hosts only native plants

adapted to the Mid-Atlantic climate. That allows the garden to thrive with little irrigation, and to

tolerate drought and heat while providing food and shelter for wildlife.