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By Neil Diboll
Many flowers and grasses commonly associated with Midwestern prairies also occur in the meadows of New England. Some species are widely distributed throughout the region, while others are only occasional or rare. Most are more common in the prairie region, but some are abundant in the Northeast.
By Emma Marris
In October of 2013, I toured three miles of disused railroad line in Philadelphia. The entire line was covered with spontaneous vegetation alive with butterflies and ladybugs. Here nature was showing us her resilience and her wild beauty and offering to meet us where most of us live now, in the city. What is tricky about urban wildness is what I call the High Line Problem.
By Laura Kuhn
What if humans disappeared tomorrow? The temperate forest of the US Northeast would quickly return to the forest it wants to be. Every garden is, by virtue of human influence, an interventionist act. We as ecological designers face a balancing act of pleasing our clients and letting nature be wild.
Reviewed by Margot Taylor
You’ve got to love people who can find, understand, and interpret patterns and relationships. Judith Schwartz is this type of person as I’ve learned reading her new book, The Reindeer Chronicles. An engaging and skilled storyteller, Judith lays out an ecological rehabilitation process for our broken ecosystems, communities, and financial foundations. And she shows us how the power of inspiration can lift the human spirit, open the heart, and restore our American “can do” attitude.
By Emma Erler
Conventional wisdom tells us that earthworms are good for the soil. Now there’s a new worm in town that is not beneficial to our landscapes. JUMPING WORMS!! You read correctly. Jumping worms are an invasive worm from Asia that can quickly change soil structure and reduce biodiversity. Don’t panic, but be on the lookout for Jumping Worms in your garden.
By Adam Jankauskas
Compost is recognized as a valuable component of the ecological landscape and many ecological landscape practitioners utilize compost in the management of their properties. Compost has a place in a more sustainable world but providing composting services for clients can be unsustainable. How can composting be made easier without the added expense?
By Catherine Carney-Feldman
Though fall cleanup can be a hard habit to break, there are ample reasons to leave those leaves. Most native pollinator species overwinter right in your leaf litter and dead stems of your perennials. Leaf compost can greatly enhance the quality of your soil, help it retain moisture, and protect young plants from fluctuating winter temperatures. Utilize your leaves as a resource rather than a problem.
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- Fall programs
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- NGICP class in December
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It’s a Bountiful Fall Our fall conferences will be conducted entirely online this year, utilizing tools that facilitate attendees’ interactive collaboration and offer an engaging and inspiring experience. Join us! Seasons End Summit – October 28 We look back at a season that has truly been like no other. As our landscapes wind down in the…
Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization.
- Early Discounts for Fall Conferences
- Member Engagement Initiative
- Share at Volunteer Coffee