Plants; Native vs. Exotic

posted, 10/00/06
Another article about the aggressive nature of exotics vs. what was there in the native
landscape. The reason I post this article from the N.Y. Times is . . . no one is
shouting. The author give some weight to both sides-leaning to native plants, but it
is well-written and presented.

As for my view . . . I am going to hold off on posting this for a few months. I will get
into this in a much more thought out and deeper discussion. I think it would be a
great dis-service by me to discuss this in a few lines on one post.

How’s that for dodging/fence-straddling/spinning . . . . ???

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. lisa said…

    Hey way to ride the fence, dude! As far as I’m concerned, the arguement about “native vs. exotic” goes on and on…ad-nauseum! In most cases, it takes some probing into a plant’s lineage, as some “natives” are exotics brought here WAY back. Did you know that even EARTHWORMS are NOT native to the Great Lakes states?! I didn’t, until I read the info at this link http://www.nrri.umn.edu/worms/default.htm with great interest. As for plants, I stick with my own rule of thumb-if it’s not listed on my state’s website as dangerously invasive, and it has some wildlife/bird/insect benefit as well as beauty…then I go for it!
    11:48 AM
    Rick Anderson said…

    . . . Well it is my fence . . . as I said I will get to this more this winter.

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