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Prairie meadow at Wisley

You’ve Heard of Right-Plant, Right-Place: Now Add Right Maintenance

If you’re interested in planting design, ecological gardening or urban landscape design, you’ve probably come across some rather academic phrases. Like, building plant communities and…

camassia meadow

Canada’s Blue Camas Meadows: A Story of Plant+Human Co-Evolution

aka Garry Oak Ecosystem aka White Oak, Oregon Oak or Oregon White Oak There’s nothing quite like British Columbia’s coastal Garry oak ecosystem in the…

I got Sucker Punched by Workplace PTSD, How About You?

Working with plants has so many innately therapeutic benefits that a lot of other careers lack. But, one thing that I’ve learned over the last…