We have a long way to go before gardens are ecologically sustainable. This may sound strange, given that the whole point of gardening is to venerate nature, secure in the knowledge that our plants trap carbon, provide shade and pump oxygen into the air. But in existing properties, too many gardens are part of the problem, with plants needing chemical support because they are ill-chosen or in poor soils.
To transform the way we build our yards, Heather Venhaus, a project manager at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, is working with volunteer experts to prepare technical benchmarks that professionals can use to design, build and maintain greener landscapes. The landscape initiative was developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, part of the University of Texas at Austin, and two Washington-based organizations, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Working Toward Guidelines for a Truly Green Garden