The New York Times article about our new paradigm was an interesting read.
People are still confusing “drought-tolerant” with “native plant” and I have mixed emotions about that. There are specific benefits to putting native plants into our gardens:
- Larval hosting
- Soil interaction
- Ethnobotanic connections
So, we continue to work on getting the message out. Have any ideas on how we can do that? Email me with suggestions – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Most people only walk on the lawn when they are mowing it,” said Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery in a presentation to the San Gabriel CNPS. I am always in favor of killing the whole lawn, and replacing it with local native plants, sometimes including a small meadow of flowering perennials and sedges. A well-designed garden with inviting paths, seating areas and water features can turn a formerly featureless and ignored lawn area into enjoyable and usable space.