WEBLINK: 12 Ways to Design a Bird-friendly Garden
This article from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers suggestions about how to make your garden more attractive to birds. Tips include including vertical layering of the plants which the birds use for different purposes like nesting and foraging, also leaving dead branches and dead trees (if they are safe) to attract native birds like chickadees, woodpeckers and nuthatches.
More on the topic of dead trees and their importance in the landscape and value to wildlife can be found in this article: The Special Wildlife of Trees one of a series from the UK's Woodland Trust.
FILM: "The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand" A Documentary Film by Karyl Evans.
Beatrix Farrand was the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America and one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Some of the gardens Evans photographed and chronicled for the film include: the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C., the East Garden at the White House, the Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, her campus work at Yale and Princeton Universities, as well as three significant gardens in Connecticut.
Click here for the trailer. The full documentary can be purchased from the site and costs $25.
ARTICLE: How Hospital Gardens Help Patients Heal (Scientific American, 1 March 2012)
"Just three to five minutes spent looking at views dominated by trees, flowers or water can begin to reduce anger, anxiety and pain and to induce relaxation, according to various studies of healthy people that measured physiological changes in blood pressure, muscle tension, or heart and brain electrical activity.
Indeed, the benefits of seeing and being in nature are so powerful that even pictures of landscapes can soothe."
Read the article here.