Sustainability Topics

Wildlife and Conservation: Native Woody Plants

Pollinators Garden. Photo credit: R. RobertPlenty of species, not just your human neighbors, are intrigued by what you plant in your landscape. There is a growing awareness that we should consider their interest and provide food and habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife when making our plant selections. Doug Tallamy and others have alerted us to the particular value of incorporating native plants and plants for birds, insects, and pollinators in our backyards.

We asked Barb Elliot to highlight some plants ideal for our non-human neighbors. Barb is the co-founder of the Backyards for Nature program at the Valley Forge Audubon Society. Active in …

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Listening to the Organic Lawn

rhr 049The Organic Lawn has just been added to our audio tour. Click here to listen to our continuing efforts in the organic lawn initiative. Check out some of our other audio tours here.

Learn more about the organic lawn in these past posts.

Announcing the Organic Lawn Brochure and Blossoming Research Effort

Remediating Compaction on our Organic Lawn

Organic Lawn Consultation with Eric Fleischer

Organic Lawn Care…

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Green Roof Insallation at the Wister Center-Part 2

Photo credit: L. StiebitzNext the crane arm went up and down many times delivering pallets loaded with buckets of coarse (2-3”) crushed quarry stone (Read Part 1 here.) This larger stone is used all around the edges of the roof and around any features that protrude above the flat surface of the roof.

Here is where our hardy installation crew got a workout hauling heavy buckets of rock to all corners of the roof.  Swarthmore College gardener Bill Costello made many trips up and down the roof’s access ladder helping to load the pallets in the parking lot down below and then unload …

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