Green America’s Landscape with Plants of CARE, the Wright Scoop
In honor of April as national "keep America beautiful month," Glen Allen VA based The Wright Scoop – eco consultant, lecturer, & wordsmith Sylvia Hoehns Wright kicks off plant recognition program, "plants of CARE" –conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
Greening America’s Landscape –
Historically, earth-friendly strategies are defined in terms of reduce, reuse and recycle but landscapes that reflect a perspective of CARE - conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency - takes this definition a step further. “Eco-sustainable spaces,” says Wright, “are not simply a result of lifestyle choices but reflect how we feel about the environment. While keeping it simple (as in simple living) is the name of the game, there is a more important underlying factor – a commitment to ultimate greening: providing for the present without sacrificing the future.”
Landscape Gardens of CARE -
Encouraging the use of green scaping concepts: build and maintain healthy soil, install the right plants for site requirements; and during seasonal appropriate cycles, be water wise, adopt earth-friendly pest and weed management, and implement natural lawn care, Wright first placed emphasis on phased implementation of the ‘R’ philosophy: reduce, renew, reuse and recycle; specifically, advocating "put green" back into the urban/suburban community by nurturing existing and/or replacement of "living green." Then, in 2011, she highlighted "purchase" - buy-local; but after witnessing a record-breaking urban/suburban pollution ride on the waters of storm Irene, she shifted her focus on the "people factor." “For, if eco-healthy urban suburban landscape gardens are to exist,” says Wright, “we must become people who CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency.”
Plants of Care, plant recognition program –
Whether an experienced landscape professional or novice homeowner, Wright’s advocacy challenges all to not simple identify plants that survive but thrive; and then, create landscapes from a sustainable point of view, seeking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as feed their families pesticide free produce. “For,” says Wright, “any style landscape should not simply reflect 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. The challenge is to create landscapes from a 'waste not, and want not' eco logical commitment: become caretakers for the environmental community.”
As a hands-on landscape gardener who has participated 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, while plant material proven to enable landscape gardens of CARE could be recommended by any one of these programs, it will be spotlighted by Wright for its ability to inspire people to CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency.
To further emphasize April as national "keep America beautiful" month, Wright will announce her first selected "plant of CARE" in early April.
About Wright –
A graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute program, the Wright Scoop – Sylvia Hoehns Wright urges all to become people who CARE - have a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
To inspire others, she offers one-on-one consulting, speeches and workshops and has published a series of eco books. For details, link to web site www.TheWrightScoop.com or contact Sylvia@TheWrightScoop.com 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 "keep America beautiful," become people who CARE: commit to conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
Side-bar: Tips for Creating Landscape Gardens of CARE
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.
Enable "critter" and "people" habitats.
Create a garden of CARE, a space that reflects a naturalist "waste not and want not" perspective.
Sylvia Hoehns Wright