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Habitat Essentials

by Ellen Sousa The following excerpt is reprinted from The Green Garden (Bunker Hill Publishing, 2011) with the permission of the author. Habitat gardening is just like planning and designing the interior of your home. You consider the everyday needs of those you invite into your space, furnish or rearrange the space accordingly, and stock…

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Edibles in the Landscape

A far cry from the lone tomato plant wedged in among geraniums in the backyard, edibles are now found front and center stage in many residential landscapes. Property owners are more aware of the beauty and delicious benefits of an edible landscape, and some are experimenting with the addition of a variety of edible trees,…

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The Patina of Found Materials

Text by Ben Crouch Photos by Kimberly Moa The use of environmentally friendly materials is becoming widely accepted in all trades. Eco-friendly products are common on the shelves of every garden store. Most people have a favorable view of the branding. Yet, a more environmentally friendly approach to landscaping often involves skipping the shelf with…

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Conservation and Landscaping Professionals Working Together in Ecologically Sensitive Areas

by Theresa Sprague As the landscape paradigm continues to shift towards sustainable/regenerative design, ecological function, and land management vs. landscaping, it becomes clearer that collaboration between the conservation and landscape communities is essential. In my neck of the woods (Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod), where land within ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands, coastal banks,…

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Quantifying Sustainability: Santa Monica’s “Garden/Garden” Project

by Owen Dell Amid a sea of talk about the benefits of sustainable landscaping, there is precious little information to prove that it actually makes sense, environmentally or economically. Landscape professionals have long operated on a hunch that sustainable landscapes save water, reduce labor, minimize fossil fuel use, and offer other benefits over conventional turf-and-flowerbed…

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Designing Winter Landscapes, Part 2

In the second of two articles, Scott LaFleur focuses on great New England native plants that introduce wonderful colors and textures of bark into the winter landscape. Incorporate his recommendations in your spring designs and enjoy interesting gardens throughout the winter.

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Human Nature

Linking natural systems with human ecology to develop sustainable and meaningful landscapes. by Ann Kearsley Evidence of the history of human habitation in New England surrounds us, knit seamlessly into the texture of our daily lives. This landscape has been shaped by generations of people living on the land, their cultures and actions precipitating and…

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Designing Winter Landscapes

by Scott LaFleur Tired of a bleak view of winter out the window? This first article in a three-part series starts you planning this spring for a garden with interest all winter long by providing a framework and theory for Scott’s vision of winter garden design. Future articles put theory into more practicable terms, providing…

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