Monarch and Viceroy Butterflies

Monarch butterfly

The monarch (first image) and viceroy butterflies (second image) were named in honor of a force that diminished both human diversity and native habitat integrity. These beautiful insects fight for their very existence while bearing the names of their killers! As botanist Justin Robinson (@countrygentlemancooks) so eloquently explains, a powerful remnant of colonialism exists in […]

Wild potato-vine

Wild potato-vine

By Rachel Floyd  July 28, 2020 Ipomoea pandurata, commonly called wild potato-vine, manroot, or man-of the-earth is a morning glory species that is native to the eastern half of North America. Grocery store sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are a close relative native to Central and South America. Like sweet potato, wild potato-vine has a large […]

Japanese Garden: Restful View July 2020

Photo of garden in July 2020

Bill Sykes  July 5, 2020 We love getting feedback from our clients! This blog post features one of our projects called the ‘Native Elements Rock Garden’, and it demonstrates the beauty of gardens that mimic Piedmont grassland habitats. Our client discusses managing his new, natural ecosystem: I took a different approach for some photos today. […]

Xeriscape in the City Highlights At-risk Habitats

Eastern prickly pear

By Devin Floyd April 29th, 2020 At this high-traffic urban corner we are engaging the public with an educational exhibit highlighting some rare, local ecosystems. This work has become part of our brand – the creation of outdoor interactive exhibits of local natural history (plants, animals, fungi, geology, etc). With southern exposure and ideal site […]

Habitat Suppression and the Loss of Species

The Issue Hiding in the Shadow of Climate Change Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We are experiencing a significant global ecological event. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging all of us, mentally and/or physically. In our general state of quarantine, if we have our health, there are things we can do in honor […]

Oakencroft Burn

Flames at Oakencroft with silhouette in background

By Ezra Staengl A long line of fire stretched across the contour of the hill, slowly burning upslope towards the ash coated ground that had already been burned.  The fire moved quickly and thoroughly through dense stiltgrass thatch that completely obscured the ground, but when it encountered patches of taller perilla or wingstem it shot […]