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Can Permaculture Go (More) Native?

by Dan Jaffe Permaculture is on the rise. Like small-scale, local farming in general, permaculture is fueled by increasing reports of damage caused by industrial-scale agriculture – pollution of land and water, neurotoxic pesticides, inhumane treatment of domestic animals, and sweeping destruction of habitat. (more…)

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Native Plants for Ecology and Horticulture

by Peggy Olwell The United States has a rich native flora of over 18,000 native plant species. Plants color our distinctive and inspirational landscapes and provide a multitude of ecological goods and services. Native plants continue to provide new material for domestic gardens and urban spaces. Increasingly naturalistic planting schemes draw on the rich palette […]

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Natives Beyond Naturalizing

by Susan Barbier “I thought a nice line of Boxwood flanked by Gold Mop Cypress and skirted with Blue Star Juniper would be great for this property. I pitched that to the client and they loved it. I’m sending my guy over now…” Several years ago that could have been a typical conversation here at […]

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Green Landscapes on Solar Sites—an Enormous Business Opportunity

Public Benefits from Ecological Landscapes Include Pollinator Habitat, Improved Water and Soil Quality by Rob Davis Dramatic changes in cost can drive dramatic changes in customer behavior—and create extraordinary business opportunities. Such is the situation right now with solar energy — hardware costs have plummeted by 80 percent in the last five years and the […]

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Native Shrubs for the Increasingly Challenging Landscape Environment

This article previously appeared in the Connecticut Botanical Society Newsletter by Dr. Jessica Lubell The sustainable landscape featuring native plants is a rapidly expanding trend in horticulture. Native plants enhance the local ecology by providing habitat for wildlife and support for pollinators. A number of important ornamentals have been identified as invasive and will no […]

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Welcoming “the Natural” into Our Gardens

by Steve Davis Over the last decade of landscape design, many more professionals have incorporated native or indigenous species into their plans. This cultural swing is due to many factors, some apparent and some not so noticeable. Natives used in conjunction with imported ornamentals has become commonplace in most landscape designs. Landscape designers now have […]

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The Role of Native Cultivars in the Ecological Landscape: Evaluating Insect Preferences and Nectar Quality in Phlox and Its Cultivars

by Keith Nevison Take a trip to your local nursery and head to the native plant section. Do you come across any cultivars of native plants (“nativars”) among their offerings? Do you wonder if these selections offer the same level of ecological benefits to native wildlife as their straight species counterparts? As a landscaper, how […]

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From Invasive Lot to Native Garden

by David Smith This article first appeared in EcoRI News and is reprinted here with permission. Work will continue this summer on stabilizing a 2.6-acre undeveloped parcel owned by the Avalonia Land Conservancy in the heart of the Borough of Stonington. The now-barren land will be filled with plants and shrubs. The parcel at the end […]

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