Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

About

Welcome to Southern Meadows!  A private natural garden where we encourage wildlife to come and live.

I'm so happy you're here and hope you enjoy a little taste of rural Georgia, where we garden in the Piedmont region (zone 7b/8a) on almost 10 acres of red clay.  Our goal is to reclaim this former agricultural land, overrun with invasive plants, and create a peaceful refuge where people, plants and wildlife live in harmony.

Establishing an ecological niche for animals and providing habitat for wildlife has been nothing short of a challenge. We continue to evaluate and design each area of our property as we build connections among soil life, plants, insects and other animals as well as us.

I love the feeling of soil between my fingers, and as it is the foundation to a good garden we follow sustainable practices here at Southern Meadows. We garden organically, practice crop rotation, and companion planting in our edible and medicinal gardens. In our landscape we evaluate every plant for its purpose in the garden. [Does it relate to the place? Does it support plant and animal diversity? What form and function does it provide to the landscape?]

On the blog I write about our trials, tribulations but mostly triumphs growing plants, attracting pollinators, birds, amphibians, snakes and other beneficial wildlife and lots of other gardening goodness.

I am a Georgia Master Gardener and native plant advocate. I hold a Certificate in Native Plants from the Georgia State Botanical Garden. I love to share my experiences and knowledge on pollinator gardening, habitat gardening, gardening for butterflies and moths and other garden related topics through classes and speaking opportunities.

I am a Junior Master Gardener leader and teach classes for children on how to grow your own food, the importance of pollinators, sustainable gardening practices, composting and garden art.



Southern Meadows Certifications~
GNPS Native Plant Habitat (Gold Medal)
Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat (#106)
National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat (#186230)
Monarch Watch Monarch Waystation (#10038)
NABA Butterfly Habitat (#1388)


Thank you for visiting and I hope you will join me as I share nature as I see it through my lens.

happy digging ~ Karin