Richmond, VA, April 02, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Highlighting a newly implemented state of Virginia program "Plant More Plants," The Wright Scoop – Sylvia Hoehns Wright, recipient of the "Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic" award sponsored by Hines Horticulture, Project Evergreen and Today’s Garden Center magazine, challenges communities to create sustainable landscapes, landscapes that reflect 4 Ps - "Right Plant, Place, Planting Strategy and Purchased to support Buy-Local: developers, growers and retailers."
Plant More Plants, a personal stewardship campaign by the Chesapeake Bay Program, aims to encourage residential homeowners to take on behaviors that improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by reducing the harmful effects of storm water runoff – the fastest growing source of pollution – from urban and suburban land. The message to homeowners is simple - "Plant More Plants." To learn about conservation landscaping and how to help improve the Chesapeake Bay starting in your own backyard, visit www.PlantMorePlants.com .
Eco-sustainable Landscapes -
Historically, eco strategies were defined in terms of reduce, reuse and recycle but eco-sustainable takes this definition a step further. Wright encourages use of green-scaping concepts: build and maintain healthy soil, install the right plant for site requirements; and during seasonal appropriate cycles, be water wise, adopt earth-friendly pest and weed management, implement natural lawn care and install plants during the least climate stress conditions. As recipient of the "Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic" award, Wright encourages consumers to not simply use plants that work well in their region but those that contribute to regional economic sustainability: developed, grown and distributed within their community.”
From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: landscape green -
Nationally recognized as an eco contributing writer and communications specialist, Wright launched a book, From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: landscape green, http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/from-eco-weak-to-eco-chic-landscape-green/7539795. Combining workshop style assignments with research and "hands-on" experience, she shares strategies that respect existing vistas, preserving and enhancing environmental health. Recommended by Today’s Garden Center magazine and local VA Home Grown TV personality Richard Nunnally, 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, www.projectevergreen.com. “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 graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute program - is featured by Virginia Home Grown WCVE Richmond PBS TV, the Times Dispatch newspaper, State by State Gardening magazines and Birds & Blooms magazine for her hands-on eco-activities. She is recognized by the Press Women of Virginia as a "role model green writer."
An annual speaker for the Green Festival held in DC, Wright’s activities were recognized as the recipient of the VA Horticulture Foundation 2005 educator's award and "Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic" award. To solicit her services as a community green-scaping consultant or landscape/garden designer or workshop instructor/speaker, contact The Wright Scoop – consultant, lecturer & wordsmith, Sylvia Hoehns Wright, at Sylvia@TheWrightScoop.com or 804-672-6007; or, follow her activities through facebook group The Wright Scoop or twitter ID WrightScoop. As recipient of the Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award, Wright challenges all to "plant more plants," move their life-styles from eco-weak to eco-chic – "green" life’s garden, one scoop at a time.
Side-bar: Tips for Creating Eco-sustainable Landscapes
• Hitch hike onto seasonal cycles.
• Conduct a site analysis.
• Develop a master landscape plan.
• Create bio-diverse landscapes (blend of native and non-native plants).
• Be water wise.
• Create layered tree/shrub shelter.
• Create "critter" and "people" habitats.
• Match landscape style to buildings.
• Create transition between design areas.
• Limit texture and contrast.
• Make a design personal, add folly.
• Create an eco-chic garden, a space that reflects a naturalist "waste not and want not" perspective.