We are thrilled to announce our project is being honored with a GOLD AWARD in ECOLOGICAL PLANTINGS from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. The ceremony is in January at the iLandscape Show, but we could not wait to share the happy news!
Here is a link for a full screen view, or see below:
Here is a great video with Doug Tallamy speaking about a meadow and the importance of native plants.
It is true. I made up a word. Re-Ecology. I used to dream of oceans of nature surrounding corporate buildings and parking lots in the suburban phenomenon called The Office Park. Park? If it is a Park, it must be healthy for birds, bees, and butterflies, right? Well, not so in the typical situation.
Really. The landscape contracting industry typically does things a certain way in these places, especially around the Chicago metro area. Regular fertilizer, weed killer, pre-emergent weed killer…. irrigation, mowing, blowing, shearing…. You get the picture. There is a lot of work going on. (And, by the way, you are paying for it!)
With all this work, one would think these spaces might support a healthy environment. Do they?
There are endless literature and studies and metrix on this topic, but the short answer is we can do a LOT BETTER. Typically, these conventional landscapes are comprised overwhelmingly of non-native plants in large wood mulch areas, a very limited palette of plants, and sustained with chemicals and irrigation. This is not conducive to all the ecological services we should be getting from our landscapes!
We do it differently at Re-Ecology LTD. I know you know that because you are here, and it is likely you saw a video of the Monarchs or two….. So magical!
Anyways, there was no word for what I wanted to do. So, I made one up. Re-Ecology. Please take a look.
The weather may be bleak and cold today, the temperatures cold, and the sun setting soon….. but back last summer, I had an extraordinary time with these Monarchs visiting my project.
MORE THAN I COULD COUNT!
and it went on for a couple months…….. It is true.
If we build it, they will come. But we shan’t wait too long….. The time is now!
Nice vids by KSREVideos.
This is a great video – a little more in-depth look.
This is a nice timelapse of a small native garden.
Thank you, sa2albert, for the video.
These plants can be in your patch of ground. We can all have a meaningful contribution to the fabric of nature, and support the plants that support us, and the beauty of our world.
These are the plants we use in our designs. We pull from the natural conditions – wetland, woodland, savanna, prairie, etc. We plant the plants that will grow in the conditions you have on your proposed site.
It is amazing.
We offer stewardship, too, as just like anything alive, it needs assistance, to establish and thrive.
This is beautiful work by 王孟達.
I absolutely love this kind of work.
It is a high art – a high expression of love, and inspiration!
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with joy but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple, and take alms from them who work with joy.
Artist, Poet, Writer
and another, so masterful!
This video has great perspective on our Midwest landscape, by Dr. Alan Branhagan, in Kansas.
Why plant natives? Just watch, and learn…..
How can you get more natives on your land? We can help. It is what we do. We love our natives!!!
I just found this series of videos… I am really enjoying this one in progress!
Great balance of information for the urban and suburban garden.