Member Highlight with Rie Macchiarolo Written by: ELA Director, Mads McELgunn, MA This month, ELA is proud to announce a new newsletter segment focusing on our wonderful members and community….
ELA counts many ecological professionals among its members and supporters. We sometimes highlight their work and share their expertise through product and book reviews, or by asking them to answer specific questions posed to the ELA community.
By Uli Lorimer
Do you want a garden that makes a real difference? Choose plants native to our Northeast region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment—from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. We must envision a future in which wild creatures of all shapes and sizes are afforded space in our built environment.
By Laura J. Martin
Native wildflower gardening is more popular than ever. But a century ago, this was not the case. Wildflowers persist in the numbers they do today because of the activism and research of a group of women ecologists who in 1901 defied gender norms and founded the discipline of ecological restoration.
We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:
- Living Tree Bridges
- The Dark Side of Light Pollution
- Best Mulching Practices
- How to Manage Weeds on Your Farm
- Efforts to Save North America’s Most Endangered Bird Species Are Succeeding
- A Difficult Site Becomes a Lovely Garden
- Amazon vs. Rusty Patch Bumblebee
- USDA Kills Thousands of Native Species
- Piet Oudolf Designs New Garden
- Olmstead’s 200th Birthday
- Iconic Wildflower in Peril
- Invasive Toxic Hammerhead Worm Found in Rhode Island
- Native Garden Tours MetroWest Boston
The Insects, Birds & Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving
In Garden Allies, author Frederique Lavoipierre encourages a perspective shift towards the critters in our gardens. Instead of thinking of garden inhabitants as good or bad, she encourages us to think of them in their ecological roles, with a food-web perspective. What results is a book jam-packed with identification clues, gardening guidance, and stories that had me penciling exclamation points in the margins.
Building a Native Habit on a Retaining Wall
I have a 35-year-old retaining wall running the length of my driveway behind my house. I would like to get rid of the ferns and plant something to attract birds/bees/etc. How can I do this without digging up and disturbing the soil sitting above the retaining wall?