MANY GARDENERS would be dismayed to find that birds had plucked their blueberry bushes bare. Not Joan Griswold. “We don’t get to eat any of the berries because the birds get to them,” she says, “but that’s OK with me.”
Birds, butterflies, and bees are among the primary joys that Joan and her husband, Peter, derive from their garden. In fact, it was recently certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, thanks to its abundance of plants that attract animals and insects, its protective hedges, and its birdbaths and birdhouses. Located on the Marginal Way, a 1¼-mile paved path along the rocky coast of Ogunquit, Maine, the Griswolds’ garden is the carefully planned result of a gardener’s long-lived relationship with her surroundings.