Native California front-yard garden already in bloom — a visual treat for those of us in the north

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Stretch your landscaping imagination by viewing this garden-integrated home

KLRU | Feb 23, 2011 | Architecture, architectural plants, and organic crops come together on rooftop gardens that are pleasing to the eye and to the environment. Garden designer: Patrick Kirwin. Project architect: Thomas Tornbjerg of Bercy Chen Studio.
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John Kohler helps all of us garden. Let’s encourage his free video service!

growingyourgreens |John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you a view of his urban homestead from the roof in Northern California. In this episode, he talks about the uproar in the Urban Homesteading community that has been created by Jules Dervaes. Learn more about the uproar and how we can turn this experience into a positive one. Click and like the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Ba…
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Front yards are ideal for vegetable gardens

TheCasualGardener | February 19, 2011 | PBS Television Show “Growing A Greener World” features Shawna Coronado’s sustainable front lawn Victory Garden. Host Joe Lamp’l speaks with Shawna on camera about growing vegetables and making a difference for community.

To learn how to grow your own front lawn like Shawna’s, follow her planting plan at this link – http://thecasualgardener.blogspot.com…

Please watch the full episode on Victory Gardens featured by Growing A Greener World TV at this link – http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/e…

Andrea DeLong-Amaya recommends Southern/Southwest native plants for “problem areas”

KLRU | February 17, 2011 | Go native with solutions to troublesome spots. Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and host Tom Spencer select screens, vines, and more.
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Capturing extra living room by claiming former lawn space

KLRU | February 3, 2011 | “Central Texas Gardener” episode.
Included segment: Meet Mr. Smarty Plants from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Actually, this smarty is Barbara Medford, one of a team that answers native plant questions online. On tour see how John Wilson and Debra Leff replaced grass with native plants and courtyard pond in a front yard living room design. Daphne Richards answers: why are there so few weeds this year? Sweetpea Hoover from The Natural Gardener identifies the weeds that are cropping up.
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Slightly off topic, but just so darn charming that you’ll want to watch: Australian bees at her doorstep

flashtoons | January 27, 2011 | ecofilms.com.au |  Anne Wensley has owned native bees just outside her front door in her garden. On this short interview she tells how she came across them and their uses in a Permaculture garden.
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Christmas trees defend Gulf coastline

NationalWildlife | January 24, 2011 | The Gulf oil disaster put a national spotlight on Louisiana’s long-running battle with coastal erosion. From freshwater diversions to barrier island restoration, the state and its citizens have long used any and every method available to slow down wetland loss and help reclaim the state’s vanishing coast.

Every January for the past 20 years, thousands of Louisiana residents have also sent their discarded Christmas trees down to the wetlands to join the battle.

Christmas tree recycling started as a state-funded program in Louisiana in 1990. The trees are used to make barriers that prevent erosion and help limit the impacts of wave action.

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Catch Joy Buslaff’s “Your Homemade Wilderness” program January 8, 2011

Yours truly will be presenting “Your Homemade Wilderness” at two locations on Saturday, Jan. 8. These events are free and open to the public, courtesy of Wild Ones—Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.

9:30 a.m. — Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, (map) 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee WI 53217

1:30 p.m. — Wehr Nature Center, (map) 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132

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Stone in the landscape: Pleasing to the eye and functional

StoneBenchAt this time of the year when blossoms and leaves lose all meaning, fine stonework remains steadfast and striking. If you have an appreciation for this traditional art, then I direct your attention to a site by Sunny Wieler, landscaper, stonemason. Two of my favorite photo articles: stone seating and a stone river.

I photographed the stone bench seen above during my visit to the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods last summer. ~ JB

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