Taking it to the Extremes

by Sandy Vorce “How do you plan for Climate Change and all the wild weather?” This was a question recently posed by several college students who came to help out at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont, MA. These students were among the hundreds of volunteers who arrived at Habitat the […]

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Forget the Debate! Let’s Get on with Planting Resiliency

by Kevin Staso If you listen to nightly news reports or read articles in Nature, The Journal of Ecology or The American Meteorological Society, the frequency and severity of drought in the United States seems unavoidable, despite being more predictable. Headlines like “Drought Monitor shows record-breaking expanse of drought across United States” from 2012 and […]

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ELA Announces Season 2 of Webinar Series “A Focus on Sustainability”

Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) is excited to announce the second season of a webinar series geared to landscape professionals that will begin on October 7, 2014. The continuing series was made possible through ELA’s collaboration with three sister organizations: Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA), and EcoLandscape California (ELC). (more…)

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The Case for Native Medicinal Plants in the Landscape

by Todd Lynch In the wellspring of DIY that has made permaculture and edible landscapes household terms, native medicinal plants are outside many conventional conversations about edibles. Although institutions and homeowners rarely consider the value of these plants when weighing their options for a “productive” or self-sustaining landscape, medicinal plants are a valuable landscape resource […]

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Three Hardy Additions to the Edible Landscape

by Dan Furman At Cricket Hill Garden, we have sought over our two decades of operation to introduce American gardeners to Chinese tree peonies. In addition to these imperial flowers, we also grow the better-known herbaceous and newer intersectional hybrid peonies. In recent years I have worked to expand our offerings of interesting edible landscape […]

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Pink Pearl Apple: An Heirloom Surprise

by Joy Albright-Souza Revised from an article originally published in The Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2013. Designing edible landscapes is a privilege. During the design process for an edible garden I am often asked what I enjoy most in my own garden. While there are a number of possible answers, when the subject is apples, I […]

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It’s Time to Tell the Bees

by Michelle, Ray, and Sebastian Wright “Telling the Bees” is a beautiful, old English country tradition. In the 1800s, honeybees were an integral part of family and community landscapes. Informing the family beehive of changes such as a birth, death, or marriage was customary – and if the owner of the hive died, the bees […]

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Growing Permaculture at Greenfield Community College

by Shannon Dry and Abrah Jordan Dresdale Permaculture can be explained as a two-step practice: 1) observing the beneficial relationships, patterns, and processes found in ecosystems, and then, 2) mimicking those relationships in the design of systems that meet human needs equitably while regenerating the land. The student initiated and implemented permaculture garden at Greenfield […]

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