Quote of the season:

Perhaps our future status symbols will be based on not how much we consume, but how little impact we each have on our planet. Maybe, just maybe, we will someday be measured in terms of how much of the world’s resources and natural beauty we preserve for future generations.

Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery 

Outdoor Classrooms: Resources

I am so happy more schools are developing outdoor classrooms or nature filled school green spaces,  and I am happy to have designed a few.   Here is wonderful video associated with the book The Nature Principle by Richard Louv,  summarizing why living, playing,...

Treating Water as a Precious Resource, Not a Waste Product

Summary of my presentation from Chicago Wilderness Wild Things Conference on Feb. 2, 2013 Many of us still think of  water or run-off from rain fall, snow melt or irrigation as something we want to remove from our properties as quickly as possible. A waste product. We...

Wishing you a year of Nature’s Euphoria!

This time of year you’ll hear the words “Happy New Year”. My wish for you is not only for happiness, but physical, mental, spiritual well-being, creativity, tranquility, and all the benefits of being in nature. It’s something I call nature’s euphoria, others call it “Vitamin G”, (for Green space) or Vitamin N (for Nature).

Top 10 Reasons to become a Wild One

Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Here are my top 10 reasons why you should become a Wild Ones member.

Dead Wood and Rocks

Many folks understand the importance of protecting and supporting nature in our yards.  Snags, brush & rock piles, are features sometimes overlooked, but can easily be incorporated into our yards to benefit wildlife.


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