Habitat Hero

2015 Habitat Hero Awardee Featured in High Country Gardens Catalog

8,700 feet, short growing season and intense winds - Heern never thought in her wildest dreams that she would be able to attract butterflies and other insect pollinators to her home in Evergeen, CO. 

Transformation   After installing a fence around a manageable piece of the property, they started planting and installing various water features, nesting boxes and bird feeders.  She completed the Colorado State University Master Gardener program and learned that using native plants, especially xeric selections were her best options for creating a successful garden as they have evolved with our harsh climate.  The garden has survived and thrived, in what she calls ‘combat gardening’ and her personal transformation was as great as the landscape.  She now has nesting swallows and both mountain and eastern bluebirds, and a garden full of insect pollinators, birds, snakes, lizards and even her beloved swallowtail butterflies!


One of the ways the Habitat Hero program engages our community members and landowners is through recognition of awards.  Heern received the 2015 Habitat Hero award for her outstanding residential landscape.  This wildscape was something to be desired and was chosen to be featured on the cover of High Country Gardens catalog and on their online blog! 

To read the full Habitat Hero success story, visit High Country Gardens – this wonderful article is complete with before and after photos, trials and tribulations, tips of the trade and sound gardening advice. 

Additional Resources

Habitat Hero Application

To learn more about the Habitat Hero program and the 2016 application process, contact Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero Coordinator, jweiss@audubon.org for more details on how you can be recognized for your gardening efforts!

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