Noble’s Pond Resident Transforms Her Yard into a Wildlife Habitat

For this master gardener, it’s all about the birds and the bees

Ever since she used to tag along with her dad in the large garden behind her childhood home, Linda Newsome has loved coaxing plants out of the ground. Now as a resident of Noble’s Pond, Delaware’s premier active adult community, Linda continues to indulge her passion for planting. This year her Noble’s Pond yard, resplendent with plants and shrubs that attract birds, bees and other beneficial insects, was certified as a Wildlife Habitat.

Linda moved to the popular community in 2011. Retired from a healthcare career with more time for gardening, she pursued a rigorous course of study at the University of Delaware to become a master gardener. Across the country, volunteer master gardeners associated with their local County Extension Service assist homeowners with garden projects.

One of Linda’s priorities is sustainable gardening, which is designed to attract and preserve the native species of a given area. “The bird population in Delaware has decreased by 50 percent in the last 50 years because of loss of habitat,” Linda explains. The right plantings provide food and nesting opportunities that can bring them back.

Linda has created a beautiful border of native flowers and bushes around the perimeter of her Noble’s Pond yard. Over the summer, a dozen monarch butterflies hatched in her yard, which also offers “amenities” like a bird bath and feeder. The garden features New England asters, cardinal flowers, honeysuckle (hummingbirds love it!) and various berry-producing bushes. Linda’s effort resulted in certification as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Association and the Delaware Native Plant Society.

When she’s not gardening, or teaching others, Linda is involved a variety of activities at Noble’s Pond, as well as church and civic organizations in the Dover area. “Noble’s Pond was a great choice for me. It’s a wonderful community.” The birds and bees in the neighborhood feel the same about you, Linda!

Call, click or come by to learn more about Noble’s Pond and the rich variety of people—and plants—who call it home. Be sure to ask about our community vegetable garden.