Blending Farm, Art and Habitat | Michelle and Nathaniel in Baltimore, OH

Michelle and Nathaniel Stitzlein are both artists who are inspired by nature. They converted a former grange hall into their home / art studio and then set about turning several acres of parking area and farmland into a native habitat paradise. Michelle considers their home to be a “permanent artist residency”. They were able to […]

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Designing a Small Meadow Garden with Commonly-Available Native Plants – Benjamin Vogt

Finding the Right Native Plants It’s easy to be overwhelmed at the nursery shopping for new plants, especially when you want to create a wildlife habitat. And plant tags seldom provide enough or even the right information to make informed decisions suitable for our specific site conditions. For example, a plant tag will discuss light

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4 Universal Landscape Goals – By Doug Tallamy

There are four ecological functions every landscape must perform if we are to achieve a sustainable relationship with the natural world that supports us (and continuing to insist on landscapes that do not sustain mother nature is not and has never been a realistic option). It’s really very simple; our landscapes must do the things that enable ecosystems to produce the life support we and every other species requires.

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Monarch Butterfly Listed as Engangered – article by Doug Tallamy

This week the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the North American migratory populations of the monarch butterfly as an endangered species. Having declined 75%, 85%, or 95%, depending on which eastern population you are talking about, or over 99% if you are referring to the California monarch, the direction the most iconic butterfly in the world is heading is painfully clear. Monarchs are in trouble both in the north where they breed and in Mexico where they spend the winter months.

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