Smart gardening practices can help reduce its impact without compromising the pleasures of a beautiful garden. Climate-smart gardening practices aren't radical recommendations, but sensible suggestions. Take every element of a garden's design into account. Thinking ecologically about garden design naturally leads to responsible decisions about the choice of appropriate plants that thrive in your region -- without pampering and with minimal supplemental water. -- The National Wildlife Federation's online field guides, apps and guidelines for environmentally smart gardening practices (all at nwf.org), are excellent and encouraging resources for backyard gardeners.