Aug 172012
 
Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more

News Badgers, bats and reptiles are right at home at Durrants Village:: Developers at a village in West Sussex have gone to great lengths by protecting species on site during construction and including habitat for the existing wildlife on the site including bats, lizards, snakes and badgers. Amphibian Crossing:: The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has a project to protect spring breeding amphibians by moving them across roads during their migration to breeding sites. Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens:: An interesting history of rain gardens and compelling arguments for their installation by The Atlantic Cities. Hedgerows direct the …continue reading

Jul 272012
 
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Post:: The Thrill of Seeds

This is an excerpt from my latest post at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog. Click the link below to visit the full post. I confess, I’ve never been very good with plants. This despite having a fair grasp on their workings; having taken horticulture and plant classes while getting my Landscape Architecture degree. I figure this just means I have to work harder at keeping them alive. Nearly three years ago now, we moved to an apartment in Seattle that included a balcony with great views of downtown Seattle and the Space Needle, and so my gardening ambitions …continue reading

Jul 062012
 
Friday Film:: Virgin Mothers

Today’s Friday Film is by John Dunstan whose excellent short films were featured in previous posts, Short Film:: Wild Jersey City and ‘The Secret Life of….my small urban backyard’ in a past Foragings. He’s back with a new short film, one  in a series building from the bottom up on the food chain. This one is titled ‘Virgin Mothers‘ and features the role of aphids in our complex food web. The film explores parthenogenesis, the ability of aphids to reproduce without breeding. It also demonstrates the various roles of aphids at the bottom of the food chain including being farmed, used …continue reading

Jun 272012
 
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Post:: Plants in Children's Art

This is an excerpt from my latest post at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog. Click the link below to visit the full post. For the last post in my series of plants in the arts, we’re going to look at the importance of plants in children’s art. The rest of the series included various arts starting with Plants in Poetry, then looking at visual arts with Plants in Paintings:: Vincent van Gogh and Plants in Design. I have a wonderful little friend in Finland who is 8 years old and quite a magnificent artist. Her name is Mia and she loves nature. Neither of …continue reading

Jun 222012
 
Friday Film:: Bringing biodiversity back into cities

This video discussion took place at the recent ICLEI Urban Nature Forum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil this month and discusses the value of urban biodiversity and how to bring that diversity back to the cities. It’s presented by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Oliver Hillel discusses how nature used to be in the cities and how we simply have to stop impeding it and let it back in. However, many of our systems are so changed that they now need to be managed to restore nature by bringing in new infrastructure. He also discusses how cities are laboratories for innovation and the importance of education by …continue reading

May 272012
 
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Post:: Plants in Design

This is an excerpt from my latest post at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog. Click the link below to visit the full post. This is the third post in a short series about the importance of plants in the arts. The first post was Plants in Poetry and looked at the various ways plants were used as inspiration, symbolism, morals and as an appreciation of nature. The second was Plants in Paintings:: Vincent van Gogh which discussed the importance of plants and nature to van Gogh’s work as well as his life. In addition to poetry and paintings, plants have played a …continue reading