2007-05-16 / News

Environmentally-friendly landscaping lecture offered

This century will witness a new and exciting role for plants in the quest for ecological balance. A lecture on sustainable landscapes will address environmental awareness and the development of a sustainable landscape, highlighting innovative ways to use plant material to clean our air, soil, and water.

"The Sustainable Landscape: A Responsible Approach for the 21st Century," lecture will take place at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum on Wednesday, May 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will explore the roles of art and technology, the wise use of water resources, the importance of genetic diversity, and the ways in which environmentally engineered systems harken back to the Renaissance ideal. Learn about fascinating ecological landscape practices that are fast becoming mainstream: grey water recycling/irrigating, eco roofs, permeable paving, dry gardening, constructed wetlands, and more.

Speaker Marie Stella specializes in historic landscapes, thematic gardens and open space initiatives. She lectures frequently, leads garden history tours and teaches at various landscape institutes and botanical gardens in the northeast. Stella's latest design projects include an urban environmental park, a teaching herb garden, and a corporate master plan study.

Pre-registration is required, and admission is $12 for Blithewold members and $15 for nonmembers. Call 253-2707 ext. 21 or visit www.blithewold.org to register.

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