Hummingbirds and wildlife gardening have been Michael and Kathi’s passion and interest for the past 18 years. When they first started out, they had one hummingbird feeder, a pot of Salvia splendens, and a city yard filled with trees, grass and hummingbird unfriendly shrubbery. That first year it took them until August to see their first hummingbird and after that, they were hooked!
It grew from there and now they have a yard filled with the best and many unusual flowers, including 50+ varieties of salvias (learning about and the challenge of growing tropical salvias that attract hummingbirds is a special interest!). They also hang about 20 feeders at the height of migration in mid-September.
Michael and Kathi wanted to take their enthusiasm and knowledge and share it with the community and they have been presenting a “Gardening for Hummingbirds” program for about 15 years now. They have talked to countless groups in the Upper Midwest and beyond and presented their program at the Sedona Hummingbird Festival a few years ago.
They presented at their program at the Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo and the Chicago Garden and Flower show in early 2016 and 2017. A few other familiar venues for their program include the Wildbirds Unlimited, Audubon Societies, and Master Gardener Clubs.
In addition, they offer a public Hummingbird Garden Tour of their yard every September.