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The Wright Scoop Advocates Gardening Green

Richmond based The Wright Scoop –Sylvia Hoehns Wright, recipient of the ‘Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic’ award sponsored by Project Evergreen and Hines Horticulture – encourages consumers to garden green, create sustainable urban/suburban landscapes.

Richmond, VA, March 18, 2010 --( Whether an experienced landscape professional or novice homeowner, Wright challenges all to create landscapes from a sustainable point of view, seeking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as feed their families pesticide free produce. For, any style landscape should not simply illustrate traditional design concepts but be a result of the right plant, installed in the right place at the right (optimal) planting season - creating a legacy of green, healthier urban/suburban communities.

Eco-weak to Eco-chic, green America’s landscape!

“The challenge,” says Wright, “for present-day communities is to create landscapes from an eco-chic point of view, a “waste not, and want not” ecological commitment: become caretakers for the environmental community. Although I’m three generations removed from a Quaker heritage, there is still one central guideline – caretaker – that continues to influence my perspective.”

In Wright’s book – A Path Worn Smooth, she shares the story of her legacy inviting readers to walk on a path worn smooth by generational expectation. Savor nostalgia for the places that are near and dear to her heart, recall family traditions but more importantly, renew as well as create new experiences. Challenging all to celebrate heritage because heritage is more than a possession, it is a gift: the birthright of our children.

The 2010 Difference –
The recipient of the ‘Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic’ award sponsored by Project Evergreen and Hines Horticulture, Wright encourages consumers to take the concept of eco-sustainability a step further, not simply use of plants that works-well in their region but those that contribute to regional economic sustainability: developed, grown and distributed within their community.

As a hands-on landscape gardener who participates in nation-wide regional plant testing, Wright gained familiarity with programs such as the ‘Southern Living Plant Collection’, ‘Proven Winners’, ‘Plants that Work’ and many more. Still, to Wright, a Central Virginia gardener, her advocacy means the support and use of a newly released plant introduction program, Beautiful Gardens®,

From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: landscape green
Nationally recognized as a contributing writer and communications specialist, Wright launched a book, From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: landscape green. Combining workshop style assignments with research and ‘hands-on’ experience, she shares strategies that respect existing vistas, preserving and enhancing environmental health. Readers describe Wright’s book as “Sylvia’s eco-chic advocacy embodies every aspect of the consumer education campaign we hoped to inspire,” says Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen. “The judges were impressed with her ongoing effort to teach eco-green. For, our vision is to be a global organization that empowers people within communities to change society through the responsible creation and preservation of sustainable green spaces, such that the ever-increasing impacts of global warming in the world are measurably reduced; because Green Matters!”

“Sneed’s commitment to organics, the community and the environment,” says designer Jenny Jenkins-Rash of Sneed’s Nursery & Garden Center located in Richmond Virginia “are echoed in Wright’s book: the challenge for the present-day homeowner is to create a garden from an eco-chic point of view, a ‘waste not, and want not’ ecological commitment: be a caretaker for the environmental community. We support Wright’s advocacy through hosting book signings and having her book on site for sale.”

Career History –
Sylvia Hoehns Wright - a Virginia Master Gardener and graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute program - is an annual speaker for the Green Festival held in DC and MC for the GoGreen VA Garden Festival – Wright’s eco-activities were recognized as the recipient of the VA Horticulture Foundation 2005 educator's award and 2008 ‘Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic’ award.

Through workshops, speeches and published works, Wright shares strategies that respect existing vistas, preserving and enhancing environmental health. To solicit her services as a community green-scaper consultant or landscape/garden designer or workshop instructor/speaker, contact The Wright Scoop – consultant, lecturer & wordsmith, Sylvia Hoehns Wright, at or 804-672-6007. Details are available on web site

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