The Botanical Gardens of Asheville is so awesome, so full of native plants, so peaceful and perfect I kind of wish they would let me live in the funky old historical log cabin that sits in the center of the 15 acres. I would be 95% satisfied if my days were spent laying in fields of wildflowers and talking to animals like Snow White. In the meantime though, I can lay in the grass in my backyard, plant some native flora and talk to bugs and stray dogs :). Native gardening is essential to keeping a proper ecological balance, and each backyard really can make a difference. If you are interested in keeping it real(aka: less grass more nature) on your property, you can get all the info you need to get started at The National Wildlife Federation website. They have guides for every state in the US, so you can find out about all the plants and animals from your area - then once you get native gardening, you can have your backyard certified as a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat!