Resilient Landscapes

AskNature.org is home to an online community of life scientists, designers, architects, engineers, chemists and entrepreneurs exploring nature-based sustainable solutions to human needs.

Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, a book by Douglas Tallamy documents decades of research on the capability of some plants to sustain hundreds of different insect communities, while other plants (largely invasives) have not yet found a following. The importance of this work extends out exponentially when we consider the plants and animals that are sustained by those insects.

The Center for Ecoliteracy is a great resource for educators working on sustainability curricula or school gardens.

Cornell University, Department of Horticulture has always had an amazing extension program. Now many of these resources and more are also available online

High Performance Landscape Guidelines from NYC Parks and the Design Trust is an excellent primer on designing and building more sustainable landscapes in NYC.

The Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers concise and well organized information for home gardeners.

The USDA Plant Database provides standardized and thororough information for all vascular plants found in the US, including images, native distribution, classification, nutrient requirements, propogation and extensive references.

Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast, a book by Peter Del Tredici is both a field guide and important review of the emergent vegetation of the urban environment. In addition to concise and useful botanical information he summarizes the cultural and ecological significance of each plant. This book will change the way you look at weeds, helps us understand why some plants thrive in cities and offers new solutions for the sustainable design of urban green spaces.

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