|Re: Native Plants||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jason Whitfield (jswhitfifes.uwaterloo.ca)|
|Date: Thu, 26 Nov 1998 19:03:00 -0600|
Rob Sandelin wrote: > My, how this topic spreads. I am on another list server where the > "Native > plant natzis" are duking it out with the "genetically dysfunctional > ornamentalists" I would like to offer more information as to the purpose of the original posting. I have been working on several large projects where we are restoring the native vegetation on degraded lands. The cohousing movement is new to me, and I have heard many people talk about the environmental benefits associated with this type of community (e.g. protected open space, clustering of houses, shared resources, etc.). After watching a slide show of several cohousing communities at the recent East Coast Cohousing Conference I wondered why some cohousers would use invasive plants adjacent to natural areas. The purpose of the original posting was to get a feeling of how many communities identified using as many native species as possible in the common areas and especially near natural areas, as one of the goals or objectives when developing a landscaping plan. I admit that I chose the wrong word when I used 'required'. I meant, how many communities have decided as a group to limit the use of non-native plants to enhance the environemntal soundness of cohousing communities. The local governments where I live have begun an extensive campaign to educate the public on the benefits of using native plants and several cities and states have banned invasive non-native plants due to their terrible impact on natural areas. A large number of these invasive species were brought to the new world by the "genetically dysfunctional ornamentalists" (e.g. purple loosestrife, norway maple, periwinkle, etc.). > The word "required" is interesting. Why would such a thing be > required, and > by whom? > > I would suspect that a well placed native plant would need little if > any > watering once it was established, which might be the key? Landscapes > can be > the occaision for lots and lots of fun work if you enjoy such work. > However, > if you do not, then careful placements of the right plants in the > right > places will save you lots and lots of work later. Not to mention > water. > Native plants, should need no watering except when first being placed. > > This is what my wife does for a living, create really attractive > landscapes > that are low to no maintenance. It requires a great deal of plant > knowlege > to accomplish this. She uses a lot of natives but does not limit her > pallete > to only natives. > > Rob Sandelin > Sharingwood > Where the landscape blends nicely between natives and ornamentals and > its > hard to tell sometimes which are which. (thanks to the talented > landscape > crew we have) Jason Whitfield
- Re: Native Plants, (continued)
- Native Plants Sharon Villines, November 29 1998
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