APLD launches Healthy Pots, Healthy Planet

  • March 19, 2021

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers has established a campaign entitled Healthy Pots, Healthy Planet to build demand for more sustainable nursery plant pots. Informed by the research contained it its white paper, Plastic Pots and the Green Industry, the…

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Research revealing forest trees live cooperatively

  • January 5, 2021

A fascinating report in the New York Times highlights the work of Canadian forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, who has shown that forest trees share a vast supporting network of fungi that enhances the ability of the community to thrive. Read…

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USFWS rules on status of Monarch Butterfly

  • December 31, 2020

Even though the eastern population of Monarchs declined from 384 million in 1996 to 60 million last year, on December 16, 2020, the US Fish & Wildlife Service determined that listing the Monarch Butterfly as an endangered species was warranted…

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APLD releases report on horticultural plastics

  • July 26, 2020

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers has just published a report on the production, use, disposal and environmental impact of horticultural plastics, particularly plastic plant pots. The sobering news is that most of these pots end up in landfills. Read…

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Good news for an endangered Maryland salamander

  • March 16, 2020

The tiger salamander, North America's largest terrestrial salamander, has been declining due to loss of habitat. But the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has worked to restore the wetlands that the salamanders depend on, and now their numbers are on…

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Time to give insects the respect they deserve

  • February 24, 2020

In his new book, "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard," Doug Tallamy urges insect conservation in the form of establishing habitat in residential landscapes. Making the case that species loss is a catastrophic…

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Rethinking the American residential landscape

  • February 13, 2020

In a Washington Post article titled "A Native Plant Guru's Radical Vision for the American Yard," Adrian Higgins discusses Doug Tallamy's new book, "Nature's Best Hope," where the entomologist advocates for more diverse landscapes that support wildlife, tapping into the…

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Reforesting the planet to combat climate change

  • February 10, 2020

Trees are very effective in absorbing carbon dioxide, and planting them is one of many climate solutions.  The Trillion Tree Campaign aims to do just that by planting a trillion trees around the world.  The United States is among the…

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