Is your Garden Green? Here’s How to Tell. [NY Times]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 14, 2009
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I’ve greened just about every square inch of Hotelephant—non-toxic hot tub to clay walls, low-VOC paint o recycled marble bathroom, CFLs to fridge to furniture to insulation, even TV. One thing I haven’t done, yet, my backyard. I’ve been looking for a good green landscaping company who could xeriscape it in a everyday user-friendly, Japanesey stylin’ kinda way. So I was int’d to read today’s write up in the Times re how to green your landscape. Excerpt:


How Green Is Your Garden? A New Rating System May Tell You

…We wandered on through the three-acre garden filled with plants native to the Coastal Plain and Piedmont areas, from New Jersey to North Carolina, many of which can be grown in southern parts of New York and Connecticut and other places where winter temperatures rarely drop below zero.

There were chokeberry bushes loaded with red berries; beautyberry full of purple fruit; and a variety of evergreens, including pond pine, longleaf pine and the familiar Eastern red cedar, with waxy blue-gray berries that attract flocks of cedar waxwings.

Even in this frozen state, the garden serves as a model for the Sustainable Sites Initiative, introduced in November by the United States Botanic Garden, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Lady Bird JohnsonWildflower Center.

Here’s the rest of the article.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Is your Garden Green? Here’s How to Tell. [NY Times]”

  1. Andy says:

    Neat and informative website on Colorado Native plants. Great list of stores and books for gardening in this climate:

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