Asking more of the landscape…When beauty Is no longer enough
NYTimes, Feb. 4, 2015
Gardeners were undaunted by snow storms when Plant-O-Rama took place at Brooklyn Botanic Garden recently. The event has been a bellwether for gardening trends since its founding in 1997. The focus has always been on aesthetics: what makes an attractive garden? Last week, however, the keynote speaker, Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, informed us that beauty is not enough.
“We have to raise the bar on our landscapes,” said Mr. Tallamy, a professor and chairman of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. “In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water.”