New research indicates that, with a few exceptions, cultivars don’t have the nectar, seed, etc resources that the native plant species do. Annie White has been studying natives and nativars (aka cultivars) since 2011 in northern Vermont to evaluate their garden performance and study patterns of nectar production. [Read more…]
We don’t often get to see Lorrie Otto’s name in the news, so I just had to share this reference with you. The Atlantic news article entitled “The Life and Death of the American Lawn” was long, covering several subjects relative to America’s changing attitude regarding landscaping and lawn and the use of potable water for landscaping. I was astounded to realize that annual watering of grass requires 9 billion gallons a day to keep green here in the United States.
The article pointed out that the immediate change has been due to the drought conditions being experienced by some of the Western and Southwest states, but it also mentioned the “anti-lawn sentiment that has been long-simmering among environmentalists, among journalists, and among activists.” The author Megan Garber mentions Lorrie with the likes of Michael Pollan who wrote two books, Second Nature and The Botany of Desire, against lawns; Sara Stein who wrote Noah’s Garden and Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring. Then she wrote: “Lorrie Otto, who founded the anti-grass movement that became known as “Wild Ones,” condemned lawns as “sterile,” “monotonous,” “flagrantly wasteful,” and, in all, “really evil.”
If you haven’t already registered for the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group meeting being held this Wednesday and Thursday (July 27 – 28) at the University of Illinois-Chicago in Chicago, Illinois please send an e-mail to Iris Caldwell.
If you cannot attend in person, then plan to register for the webinar version of the workshop which will be open through next Tuesday, July 26th.
During our recent trip to Glacier/Yellowstone/Grand Teton national parks, the first plant Kristin and I recognized as being similar to our Wisconsin native plants was the Sticky Geranium (Geranium viscosissimum). All native geraniums got part of their name from the Greek word geranos, which refers to the long beaked bird known as the crane, because the seed pods of the geranium have long curved spikes. Often native geraniums are referred to by the common name cranesbill for the same reason. [Read more…]