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Farmscaping with Native Plants

by Josh Fodor Farms worldwide have contributed greatly to the loss of native vegetation and wildlife habitat. Over the past twenty years native plants have begun to creep back in around the edges of farms as the utility of ‘farmscaping’ has been demonstrated. There are many practical and policy level challenges to successfully integrating native…

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Native Plants from the Portuguese Shore

by Joao Oliveira If I look at nature only and forget cars, houses, and signs, I might say that I live in California. Instead, I am in Portugal where there is great natural diversity, such as you might find along the coastline from Southern California to Oregon. But the Portuguese Shore is only 500 miles…

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You Calling Me a Purist?

by Sue Reed In the world of landscape design, my second-least favorite sentence begins: “Oh, you’re just one of those native plant purists who …” and then goes on to end with: “is trying to recreate some sort of mythical pristine Eden.… believes that anyone who wants some pretty flowers in their yard is evil.……

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Santa Cruz Native Garden Tour

by Lindsay Goldberg June 12, 2011 marked the first ever annual California Native Garden Tour, a self-guided tour of sustainable private and public gardens in Santa Cruz County. Nine months ago, a dialog began between several non-profit and for-profit groups. The group identified a need and initiated the quest to change the way we view…

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Native Plants Resource

by Maureen Sundberg A few months ago, ELA posed the question “What’s your favorite source for native plants?” A lively discussion on LinkedIn generated a list of favorite sources for native plants throughout the country – from Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) in Arizona to cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) in Michigan to Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii)…

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Botanical Sanctuary Network

by United Plant Savers The mission of United Plant Savers is to preserve, conserve and restore native medicinal plants and their habitats of the US and Canada, while ensuring their abundant, renewable supply for future generations.

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Native Plants: Restoring to an Idea

Native Plants: Restoring to an Idea Article by Toby Hemenway Let me tell you about the invasive plant that scares me more than all the others. It’s one that has infested over 80 million acres in the US, and in many places forms virtual monocultures. It is a heavy feeder, depleting soil of nutrients. Everywhere…

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Coastal Buffer Zones

Article by: Kate Venturini, of the URI Outreach Center Buffer zones between development and shoreline habitat are attempted in many states, but rarely work well enough to protect the ecosystem. Laws and enforcement vary between communities, as do development histories and how people interact with the environment. Realizing this dilemma, land developers are finding common…

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