Ecology in the Garden

Get creative with your outdoor space, regardless of the size, shape, or location!

We are the Stewards of the Earth. We have the ability to express our artistic side while designing viable habitat for wildlife, plants, and other microbes to thrive in. Create a backyard garden that emulates nature so that animals can raise their young, find food & water, and obtain shelter is sustainable and aesthetically pleasing ways!

Explore my Award-Winning Garden

After years of hard work, raising my garden from the soil up, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society awarded my small, urban garden with “Gardens of Distinction” in their 2020 garden contest. View the gardens throughout the seasons on my YouTube channel as I create mini, virtual garden tours.

Planting flowers in a variety of colors will help attract different things. For instance, hummingbirds like red, while many butterflies and moths like purple.

Get Inspired or Plan Ahead!

Check out my gardening-themed blog posts and never run out of ideas to take your garden to the next level or add new features – regardless of garden size. From tiny urban windowsill boxes to large scale plots, stay inspired to grow and create! All tips are eco-friendly, sustainable, and are designed to create vital wildlife habitat while being absolutely beautiful!

Observe your Garden in a New Way

We don’t often get the chance to sit and observe the natural world. By creating gardens, we have the chance to make something beautiful, and to notice the plants and animals there in a consistent way. Observe in a new way by participating in a Botanical Illustration Class designed to get you familiarizing yourself with plants, or in a Terrarium Workshop that brings the garden inside!


Marissa is an award-winning gardener, with a background in Botany and Creating Wildlife Habitat Garden Spaces that Emulate the Natural World.

Have a garden question? Shoot her an email at mjacobs@theartofecology.com with pictures, questions, or gardening concerns!


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