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Designing With Natives is a program of Keystone Conservation Trust, a 501(C)(3) non profit organization. All money collected from these materials goes to support conservation projects, community native gardens, grants, awards and innovative community conservation projects.

Designing With Natives - CD


Designing With Natives - CD


Large chemically-maintained lawns and planting an abundance of non-native plants in our gardens are destroying our natural systems. We have the power to bring Mother Nature back into our lives and maintain our community and environmental legacy one backyard or special place at a time. The majority of Americans today are concerned about their health and the environment, but only a few say they know where to begin. If you are concerned about your health or about kids experiencing nature, climate change or just want to tread a little lighter on the planet, this book shows many ways to do so. It helps you get past the worry about harmful trends and take positive action to improve both your health and the environment around you. It can also help create beauty and increases property value.

Designing With Natives is a roadmap for design and backyard stewardship using native plants. By connecting your home and its surroundings, you’ll take advantage of the inspiration and positive healing powers of nature. In this way, your home will not feel like an escape from nature, but rather an intrinsic part of it. The connection of many yards creates a community both for people and for nature and restores cost free natural services.

Based upon experience, research and practice, this roadmap for stewardship offers actions you can easily put into practice, such as:

  • How to increase habitat diversity and attract birds and butterflies
  • How to offset and measure your carbon, water, nutrient and pesticide footprint through an integrated website
  • How to plan and create a beautiful yard using very low maintenance native plants
  • Ways to significantly increase the potential market value of your house using native plants
  • How to reduce your stormwater impact
  • How to measure your environmental progress and make good environmental choices
  • How to determine when native plants bloom and where to plant them
  • How to locate trees, gardens and colorful plants to get the best bang for your buck
  • How to save money through conservation and native plants
  • How greenery helps you love where you live
  • Learn about nature’s healing powers
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