Grow A Sustainable Garden: Part 2

By Adam Dziewa, Education Intern

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. ~ Stewart Udall

Now that we’ve cleaned up our water, soil and weeds, let’s take a look our sustainability as it relates to our plantings, including flowers and lawns. As you are planning out your gardens or contemplating an update to your current landscape, keep these ideas in mind. Then stop by the Garden to see the pollinators abounding!

Native Plants

Nielsen Childrens Garden butterflyWhile striving to restore more native habitat for local wildlife, we must look towards the Garden’s Vietnam Veterans Garden. The Vietnam Veterans Garden uses the principles of a Xeriscape Garden, which entails utilizing drought tolerant native plants from Wisconsin in this hillside area that receives lots of sunlight. Since these plants require less water, pest management and fertilizer, the Garden can save these resources for other plants that truly need it while also promoting more native habitat that is familiar to Wisconsin’s wildlife.

Lawn Maintenance

In today’s modern era, the increased amount of burning fossil fuels has been documented to not only enlarge greenhouse gases globally, but is also potentially linked to the idea of climate change. To help reduce our input of greenhouse gases, the Garden has begun to phase out turf area in order to introduce no-mow seed mix areas. Because we no longer need to frequently mow, the new turf areas require less fossil fuels to be exploited and promote habitat for native species.

Join us next week for our final post about the sustainability in our buildings!