Sustainability Topics

How the Scott Arboretum’s Sustainability Efforts are Part of a Larger Effort

The word “sustainable” is probably one of the most important words of this century. According to Merriam-Webster, if something is sustainable, it is “capable of being sustained; of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged; or, of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods.”


Rain barrel installed in Terry Shane Teaching Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

As emphasized in President Barrack Obama’s inauguration speech, becoming more sustainable as a society is a necessity for the future. There are a multitude …

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Green Roof Destruction

Last month while inspecting the green roof, Gardener Lars Rasmussen noticed extensive damage to the plantings on the roof. It appeared as if someone had come along, pulled up the sedum, and began digging in the soil.

Upon closer inspection, a population of Phyllophaga spp. was discovered below the soil. photo credit: W. Costello

On a subsequent visit, gardeners startled crows digging in soil and pulling up the sedum. Upon closer inspection, it was realized they were feasting on a population of newly hatched grubs in the soil of the green roof. These c-shaped white grubss were Phyllophaga spp., …

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Mummies in the Wister Greenhouse-IPM at the Scott Arboretum

When I was young I asked Santa for a greenhouse. I secretly hoped for one in the Lord and Burnham style, the kind featured in the glossy British gardening magazines. Realistically I was willing to settle for one with polyethylene panels. I knew Santa had many lists to check off. What “Santa” brought was a custom-built cold frame, complete with a hinged glass door to allow for ventilation. I was thrilled! As plant enthusiasts, we often dream about a greenhouse and all the plants we can grow, display, and overwinter. The romantic ideal eventually wanes and reality sets in: greenhouses …

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