Stone walls and native plants produce breathtaking terraces around wildlife-friendly home

|  April 27, 2011  | On a rocky, ski-slope hillside, garden designer Glee Ingram restored wildlife-friendly native plants after excavating overrun exotic invasives.

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Take a look at Florida natives in a richly landscaped yard

  |  April 22, 2011  | A home in Central Florida with lots of native plants.

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Click to view Douglas Tallamy 45-minute program: The effects of non-native plants on birds and insects

  |  April 20, 2011  | Video by Frou Gallagher presented by Fayetteville Tree and Landscape Committee.

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U.S. Wildflower Center among global native seed-collecting initiative

wildflowercenter | February 15, 2011 | More than a dozen staff and volunteers of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ventured to West Texas in fall 2008 as part of this global seed-banking mission. They spent a weekend at The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve to collect targeted species that include burr seed cucumber.
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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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Living roof hills are home to native plants

kirstendirksen | January 27, 2011 | It’s one of the most expansive and one of the most complex living roofs ever designed—the 197,000-square-foot rooftop is home to 1.7 million native plants—but the crown on architect Renzo Piano’s California Academy of Sciences is more than simply a home for native plant species, it’s also an integral part of the smart building design. Up here there are weather stations that report on wind, rain and temperature changes to a central computer. This feedback is used to open and shut the roof’s skylights (as well as the building’s windows) to create automated passive ventilation. In other words, this smart system means the building doesn’t need air conditioning (The skylights are also computer-controlled to provide natural daylighting where needed most).
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Native plants hang on amidst grazers in California’s Bear Valley

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Roadside erosion study advises use of native grasses Little Bluestem and Purple Lovegrass

American Society for Horticulture Science Dec. 29, 2010, press release:

Twenty-two grass species were included in a study conducted in the greenhouse at the Skogley Turf Research Center of the University of Rhode Island and in additional roadside trials on the shoulder of a nearby state highway.

Roadside embankments are generally constructed of subsoil and gravel, over which 2 to 6 inches of topsoil is spread. The subsoils are very stony with coarse-textured loamy sand between the rocks; topsoil ranges from medium textured silt to sand.

Combined results of the greenhouse and roadside trials showed Little Bluestem, Purple Lovegrass, and tall fescue to be the best choices for anchoring roadside slopes.

Read more here.

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New DVD: Secrets of the Chaparral features Texas native plants

richardmooreoutdoors | December 23, 2010 |Secrets of the Chaparral features the amazing uses of south Texas native plants as seen through the eyes of renowned naturalist Benito Trevino. This documentary captures a vast array of lore gleaned from centuries of living off the land and in danger of disappearing forever. Buy new DVD now on eBay by searching for “Secrets of the Chaparral.”
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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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