CONSCIOUS GARDEN PROJECT
Our mission is to transform sterile spaces into thriving, biodiverse ecosystems.
We believe we can change the world through connecting conscious and creative garden design with community education and engagement.
"We can save nature, but only if we learn to live with it” - Doug Tallamy
"Insects are the little things that rule the world"
- E.O Wilson
80% of all plants and 90% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals (mostly insects!).
Insects are essential components of nearly every food web on Earth!
90% of insects can only eat plants with which they co-evolved, meaning natives are essential to sustaining their life.
Yet we are losing them en masse...
have declined by 90% in the last 20 years, and 25% of our bumble bee populations are at risk of extinction - with 3 species already being extinct.
Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction.
Invertebrate abundance has declined 45% globally since 1974.
And It's more than just insects...
5% of the native plants in North America support 73% of the available caterpillar species. Oaks, cherries, maples, and willows are just a few examples of these "foraging hubs" that will bring life to your door and the Earth!
"Do I need to rip out all of my non-native plants and replace them?"
While it may not be practical to do an overhaul of your property in one season, choosing natives, avoiding toxic chemicals, and giving less of your land to lawn will go a long way in bringing balance back to the nature around you.
The Great american Lawn and Garden
What are the causes?
1/3 of North American birds are at risk of extinction.
Insects are a primary component of bird's diets, contributing heavily to the losses.
We have 1.5 billion fewer birds compared to 40 years ago, with 46 species losing more than half of their population.
Frogs, toads, bats, rodents, many larger mammals, and yes, you would eventually struggle to survive without insects.
Industrial agriculture and habitat loss due to deforestation and urbanization are the largest drivers of population declines.
Both household and industrial use of pesticides and fertilizers also contribute heavily to the losses.
Invasive species continue to take over our land - from roadsides to home gardens - these invasives displace native plant communities.
Bringing life to your door
There are 45.6 million acres of lawn in the US - that's more than our 29 largest national parks... combined!
Layered landscapes incorporating native trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants (most perennials) will provide the vital ecosystem services needed to sustain life on this planet.
Most lawns are non-functioning ecosystems due to sterile, non-native grasses that fail to provide food or habitat for important creatures.
(Not to mention the environmental impact of mowing and watering!)
"Pest-free" plants (popular at many home improvement stores and nurseries) may look nice to the eye, but they do not provide food and often restrict native plants from being able to grow.
So What Should I plant?
Simply enter your zip code and see a list of the beneficial plants native to your area.
Want to be part of our Conscious Garden Project? Reach out, we're in this together!