Thursday, December 16, 2010

California Promotes Native Plant Use

May 27th, 2010 by Nicole Peterson

Much to our delight, the California Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) has begun to promote the use of native plants in landscape design. In a recent APLDCA newsletter, Rob Moore discussed the importance of using these plants as a part of good design. He states that “utilizing California native plants…is more than a hip new trend. It is an idea whose time has come!”

Moore sees this move as both logical and long-awaited. California, despite being environmentally progressive, has been slow to get on the native plants bandwagon. He points out that these native plants live longer, require less fertilizer, and promote native wildlife. He continues, saying California natives have “the look and feel of authentic California, returning a sense of regional identity to a suburban setting that has forgotten the unique, natural beauty of our state."

We are happy to see such glowing praise for natives, and the implementation of their use in a state so rich in natural beauty. At EnergyScapes we have known for years that using natives improves and protects the surrounding environment, boosting soil quality, natural habitat, and promoting biodiversity.

Having used native plants throughout our company’s 20 years history, it is wonderful to watch others discover the benefits and beauty of native plants across the country. We hope that all regions begin to embrace their local treasures and start to use more native varieties in their yards, gardens, and parks. These unique regional species give a sense of place that cannot be created with overused horticultural varieties.

Read Moore’s entire article at

Nicole graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2008 with degrees in English Literature and Media Studies. She has since developed a strong interest in landscape architecture and has always had a passion for the outdoors. She plans to begin a Masters program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 2010. Nicole Peterson serves as Install Crew/Office Intern at EnergyScapes, a full-services landscape firm based in Minneapolis.

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