is   backyard nature,  backyard wildlife,   and green business for consumers
backyard lawn and garden plants including mushrooms in forestry and urban natural areas

Animals: Pets & Wildlife
Home Improvement
Natural Housing
Conservation Tips

Green & Sustainable
Urban Agriculture & Farming
Organic Food
Energy Efficiency
Nature Tips
Eco & Nature Travel
California Nature
California Beach Communities
Hiking & Camping
Events Calendar
California Green Solutions
Bird Profiles
Buddy's Diner
Insects & Weird Critters
Plants & Green Stuff
Other Fun Stuff
Nature Education Center
California Scrapbook
Japan Scrapbook
Naturalists & Heroes
Backyard Blessings
Nature Education
Nature Art & Illustration
Nature Films & Video

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs & turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, hickory nuts, trees to climb, animals to pet, hayfields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets – and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education." -Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
Published by
Solutions For Green We also publish California Green Solutions and a series of blogs about healthy living solutions.

We don't share your information with anyone else. We ask that parents subscribe to the newsletter. We respect our community's children. We believe we are part of "our village" and need to care for one another.

california native plants are poppies for wildflowers and native plant ecosystem

For more sustainable business information, visit for Sustainable Workplace and Green Products, and ~ Movie Industry Marketing for Indie Filmmaking Tips Arkansas Pet Services ~ for Lifestyles ~ Home and Garden Habitat, Organics and Sustainability
organic foods, organic landscaping, organic farming and organic products for babies, kids and adults.

Decorating the Outdoor Living Room

There's a trend afoot to use interior designing skills to decorate the great least the backyard or the patio. As gardeners and garden supplies become more varied and sophisticated, a wave of whimsy is washing over yards and gardens.

There's a new focus on fun, according to resaerch by the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center.

Designers and savvy hostesses define outdoor dining areas by hanging grand chandeliers and flowing curtains from garden pergolas or overhanging tree branches.

Tall garden torches look jolly stuck here and there in the garden, where their bright waxy colors and evening charm add something special to beds of fragrant lilies and other dramatic flowers.

Cut flowers are displayed in all their glory where they are least expected! In a fresh twist on floral design, flower fanciers are finding fabulous fun spots to decorate, the more mundane the merrier.

A can of hot pink gladioli is cheery on a deck or dock.

A galvanized bucket of fat happy dahlia looks fabulous set on a charir, beside a pond, by the garden path or just outside the kitchen door.

Surprisingly pretty posies can be made by hanging colorful totes or vintage pocketbooks by their straps from trees or fences, with a jar tucked inside to hold water and stems of colorful summer blooms such as lilies, brodiaea, calla, zinnia or sunflowers.

Decorating the outdoors is easier when you grow a selection of colorful container gardens. Put them on coasters with wheels, and you can easily arrange and rearrange to match your daily living and party planning desires.

Even trees can go portable when planted in containers. You can spice them up with Christmas tree lighting and use them as anchors for curtain rods of elegant translucent space dividers.

For more information about flowering bulbs and garden ideas, check the website of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center at

For more articles about URBAN NATURE

Urban Agriculture for Outdoor Adventure
Earth's Most Successful Life Form
Kudzu Grows a Foot per Day
Meow How? Should I keep my cat indoors?
Habitat on Your Balcony and Garden Patio
Keeping ants in nature where they belong