I just read this amazing blog post from Kathy at The Violet Fern. She is an amazing gardener, artist and her blog is one I read weekly! I believe in connecting our gardens and she wrote this on her site
“Doug instilled us with the idea of a “homegrown national park.” The idea is to heavily plant all our gardens – connecting us all – leaving grass or lawn areas only as means to arrive at a destination, i.e. a grassy path to your shed or vegetable garden, or a patch to hold your BBQ. If we all planted this way we could create a National Park – a living landscape – bigger than Yellowstone and the Adirondacks and a host of others combined! Me, I am going to strive to serve up 500 caterpillars a day!”
I love the idea that lawns should connect us to things not be our entire yard!!!! I had to reblog this information so others would be able to read this great information on an “Eye-Opener” that Kathy wrote-thank you Kathy:-)
I have a better appreciation for my HUGE ” pin oak” that covers my entire front yard after reading Kathy’s post!!!
Add Kathy’s blog to your list-it will be worth the read every week!!!! + she is a pretty nice person,too!
On Thursday, October 2nd, I was treated to a lecture by Doug Tallamy at the Finger Lakes Community College. It was quite a drive and I probably wouldn’t have made the trip but my teacher, mentor, and horticulturalist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension here in Jefferson County arranged a field trip for us to attend. It was myself, her, and a couple of other Master Gardeners. And I probably wouldn’t have heard about this event if not for subscribing to the wonderful Wild Ones Chapter of CNY in Syracuse’s invaluable newsletter each month, whose president, Janet Allen, also happened to be there. So, I have many people to thank for giving me the gift of this opportunity. We all purchased his books. I already owned “Bringing Nature Home,” but was looking forward to purchasing Doug’s new book “The Living Landscape.” I am now the proud owner of a signed copy.
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