Dog Days Landscapes, the Wright Scoop
In honor of July as national "dog days" month, The Wright Scoop –Sylvia Hoehns Wright, founder of the Plants of Care program and recipient of the "Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic" award, challenges all to "green" America’s landscapes, create a legacy of healthier urban/suburban communities.
The 2012 Difference, landscapes of CARE –
Nationally recognized as an eco specialist, Wright encourages use of green-scaping concepts: build and maintain healthy soil, install 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 least climate stress conditions.
Having placed emphasis on the eco-healthy landscape concepts of 3 Ps – place, plant and planting strategy, in 2011, Wright added "purchase" - buy-local; but after witnessing a record-breaking urban/suburban pollution ride on the waters of storm Irene, for 2012, she emphasized the "people factor." "If," says Wright "we are to create eco-healthy urban suburban communities, we must become people who CARE – a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency. 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.” To acquire details of Wright's "dog day" landscape strategies, link to her blog topic - the dog days are upon us, http://blog.thewrightscoop.com/2010/08/02/the-dog-days-are-upon-us.aspx.
About Wright –
Wright, a graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute program, 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 Wright’s activities through Facebook group The Wright Scoop or twitter ID WrightScoop.
As founder of the Plants of Care program and recipient of the Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award, Wright challenges all to ‘green’ America’s landscape. Become people who CARE: commit to conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
Side-bar: Tips for Creating "Dog Days" 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.
Enable "critter" and "people" habitats.
Create a "dog days" garden, a space that reflects a naturalist "waste not and want not" perspective.
Sylvia Hoehns Wright