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Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

They're Getting It Right "Down Under" and the U.S. Should Follow Their Lead

Lisa Novick | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

Though recent news hasn't been good -- record drought in the Southwest, the precipitous decline of Monarch butterflies, the extermination of top predators that keep our ecosystems healthy -- my recent trip to Australia made me feel more hopeful than in a long time.

In Land We Trust: How You Can Help Save Hawaii

Jon Letman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

Hawaii is not the smallest state, but it certainly has the most clearly defined boundaries. Even on the Big Island of Hawaii, the vast sweep of ...

The Hidden Gems in Our Favorite City: Lisa Novick, Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants

Julia Wasson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

We are entering the sixth mass extinction on Earth, and this one is because of human activity. The other five were from natural causes. The extinction rate now is 1,000 times the normal background extinction rate.

The 5 Things You Need to Know About Wildfires

Kayri Havens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kayri Havens

Why do wildfires continue year after year? Can't we do something to better manage fires? To further compound matters, wildfire reports or news segments are likely to include terms the majority of us are unfamiliar with -- making these questions that much more difficult to answer.

Native Landscaping vs. Exotic Landscaping: What Should You Do?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Certainly, non-natives do have their place (e.g., vegetable gardens, turfgrass for recreation, and exotic flowers for show), but the dominance of exotic vegetation is at the expense of our natural heritage. Alternatives do exist and people are increasingly interested in sustainable options.

Just Because It'll Grow in Your Yard Doesn't Mean You Should Plant It

Lisa Novick | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green
Lisa Novick

Worldwide, we are committing ecocide through our globalized gardens, due in no small part to the highly successful distribution systems of large companies selling mostly non-native plants.

How the View From Apartment Windows Affects Your Health and Well-being

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

As much as my sons delight in the tree, sometimes I daydream about less bedraggled alternatives. Instead of accidental, what if our view had been planned and purposeful? In its place could be something more pleasing. Imagine the space of a single street tree transformed into a small-scale woodland.

Building a Resilient Los Angeles

Lisa Novick | Posted 03.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For a resilient food supply, we need to keep our specialty farmers farming and we need to make it monetarily worth their while not to sell out. We need to replace abandoned acres of asphalt with small allotments and grow crops.

Go Native This Fall

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 12.30.2012 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

Fall is typically the time to start cleaning up and closing down for the winter. Not so in California. Fall's the prime time to plant our spectacular California natives.

Bullies and "The Diamond in the Dust"

Lisa Novick | Posted 07.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

L.A.'s BEST after-school program is all about enriching the lives of students and their communities, and the ripples of this remarkable program recently spread to a challenging project in MacArthur Park known as "The Diamond in the Dust."

Expo Line Landscaping Lunacy

Lisa Novick | Posted 07.31.2012 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

Many people, including those at the MTA, seem to think that native landscaping is a small cosmetic issue. It is not. Like recycling, landscaping with native plants is at the heart of sustainable living and nature conservation.

Finding Beauty After The Flowers Leave California

Lisa Novick | Posted 07.04.2012 | Travel
Lisa Novick

We long for authentic beauty -- for the autumn colors of the deciduous forests of New England or for the groves of redwoods further up the California coast.

For Deeply Satisfying Sex...

Lisa Novick | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Lisa Novick

Deeply satisfying sex is all about connecting and finding that connection on many different levels -- the more, the better. More levels yield more connections, and more ways to connect necessarily yield better sex. The same is true for gardening with native rather than non-native plants.

A 'Drought Survival Kit' For Suffering Texas Homeowners

AP | By BETSY BLANEY | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texans watched disaster unfold slowly last year as a historic drought took a withering toll across the region. Trees died by the mi...

Nature in New York City

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marielle Anzelone

It isn't easy being green in the Big Apple. Over the past century, 75% of the city's woodlands, wetlands and meadows have been destroyed.

NYC Nature 101: Urban Ecology

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marielle Anzelone

Ecologists have begun to do their field studies closer to home. In the process, they have discovered that nature survives, and even thrives, in the city limits.

More Than the Million Trees, Where Is Nature in PlaNYC?

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marielle Anzelone

The loss of doll's eyes from the Big Apple illustrates a disturbing trend -- the local extinction of our wild flora.

Bringing Nature Home: Fostering Biodiversity in Your Own Backyard

Isabel Cowles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Isabel Cowles

Douglas Tallamy, lifelong bug lover, made a striking discovery in his yard a few years ago: he noticed that his ornamental plants were not attracting ...

America's Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Natural Home just published its Top 10 Green-Built Neighborhoods list, applauding forward-thinking, responsible housing developments.

Replacing Dead Urban Spaces with Living Habitat

Jared Braiterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jared Braiterman

"Do you really think Tokyo is green? Why do you only focus on the good sides of Tokyo?" These are questions that many Japanese and foreign residents o...

Sustainable Gardens: Really?

Valerie Easton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Valerie Easton

Who would have imagined that the primeval good looks of native plants could not only hold their own with strong contemporary architecture, but enhance it?

Going Native in Los Angeles

Guy Nicolucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Guy Nicolucci

If you're like me, you think a native plant in Los Angeles is medical marijuana, and that its natural habitat is a storefront clinic in a strip mall next to a Foster's Freeze.