Here is how the project went:
Things have gone extremely well. We planted more than 10 native species in our front yard, one of those is endangered. And we have measured a significant increase in wildlife (native bees, butterflies, lizards and other insects)
Through this project I/we learned:
We learned that we are incredibly connected to our natural world, even in our urban setting. We also developed a strong sense of community through this project, meeting many new neighbors and working with other local collaborators.
What I/we might change:
If we did this again, we might devote more time and attention to our plans for watering. This is a native, low water garden but we didn't plan for any sort of irrigation. We are hand watering and this works very well for us and for the plants, however it does consume more time than some other alternative options would.
My/our favorite part of this project was:
Our garden is beautiful! Far more beautiful than a lawn and it feels good to feel apart of our natural, native habitat rather than working agains it.
Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:
Look in your community for experts! We found a native plant nursery plus many native plant societies to reach out to for resources.