Celebrate National Pollinator Week from June 22-28

June 23, 2020 by  
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Thirteen years ago, Pollinator Partnership initiated the annual designation of a week in June to help address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Backed by unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate, Pollinator Week has grown into an international celebration of the fragile ecosystem of bees , birds, butterflies, bats and beetles that help contribute to about 75% of all flowering plant species that require animal pollinators for reproduction. So, what are some of the best ways to help out our planet’s little pollinators? If you have access to a backyard, a window box, a garden or some kind of green space, plant some flowers that are pollinator-friendly. The types of plants that attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators vary by region, so use an Ecoregional Planting Guide to learn which ones will make the pollinators in your area the happiest. Knowing your soil type, planting flowers in clusters for pollinators to target and planting for continuous bloom will help. Related: The best plants for attracting pollinators to your yard Try to reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides whenever possible. Pollinator Partnership offers a digitized training module for farmers and certified pesticide applicators to help increase awareness and skill in minimizing the effects of pesticide applications. Register as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to connect with other gardeners and pollinator-enthusiasts for free, and upload photos or videos of your pollinator site, view profiles of pollinator-friendly plants, measure pollinator progress and highlight areas in need of pollinator action. If you don’t have a green thumb, support your local bees and beekeepers by buying local honey (buying locally sourced products keeps transportation-based carbon emissions low, as well). Because bees, butterflies and other pollinators are drastically affected by climate change , any effort to conserve resources, use less and reduce your carbon footprint is a huge win for everyone. Check out the Pollinator Partnership’s online toolkit for resources and activity ideas for all ages, from webinars on monarch butterfly habitat restoration and pollinator-themed crossword puzzles to school gardening kits and instructions for building a bee box. Each year, local establishments and buildings light up yellow and orange in support of pollinators during Pollinator Week. Participating destinations have included the Empire State Building in New York City, CN Tower in Toronto, City Hall in San Francisco and Niagara Falls in the past. Add lightings, activities and “My Pollinators, My Story” registered gardens to the website’s map . You can also check for local public events in your own neighborhood to participate in and view governor proclamations from all 50 states. + Pollinator Partnership Images via Cole Keister , Mpho Hlakudi and John Duncan

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This dream job lets you live on a Cornish island with a Medieval castle

April 13, 2018 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to live on an island , this job could help get you there. St. Michael’s Mount is home to one of the area’s most famous medieval castles – and the island is looking for a visitor services manager . “Giants, mermaids, miracles, and more have all left their imprint,” according to St. Michael’s Mount’s history web page . “All you have to do is set foot on the island, look and listen. Who knows what you’ll discover?” St. Michael’s Mount is an island connected to the town of Marazion in England . The island, a mere 0.09 square miles, is accessible by causeway at low tide and boat at high tide, and boasts a medieval castle and church. There are sub-tropical gardens and medieval pathways to explore. Buildings on the island date back to the 12th century, according to the National Trust . St. Michael’s Mount’s history page divulges more of the island’s storied past: “From a pilgrim’s path uncovered in the 1950s that is now the main route to the castle, to ancient tree stumps, blackened with age, unearthed in recent storms, and Bronze age artefacts dug up by our gardeners — the Mount never ceases to surprise us. What secrets will it yield to you?” (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); ** JOB VACANCY – VISITOR SERVICES MANAGER, ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT **Full Time, £24,000 – £29,000 – service accommodation… Posted by St. Michael's Mount on  Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Related: You can buy this private Scottish island starting at £250,000 Sound like the perfect place to work? The visitor services manager is a full time position that pays £24,000 to £29,000. St. Michael’s Mount said 350,000 visitors ventured to the island last year, and this role oversees their experience and a team of employees. If this sounds like your dream job, you have until April 17 to get your application in; find out more information on the St. Michael’s Mount website . + St. Michael’s Mount + St. Michael’s Mount: Work for Us Via Cornwall Live and The Spaces Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Studio Sprout’s backyard greenhouse combines stylish form with fabulous function

September 21, 2015 by  
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Marathon of Garden Talks Lasts Two Days

October 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter The marathon of talks about every aspect of gardens lasted for two days. This TreeHugger lasted for one, but what a day it was. The Garden Marathon was organized by the Serpentine Gallery . Held in a geodesic dome with a christmas tree outside (?), inside was a series of speakers ranging from stories of shame totem poles (more common than one would think) to the architect of the fabulous Vertical Forest in Milan…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Serpentine Gallery Architect and Landscaper Converse

September 12, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter In plein air, the architect Peter Zumthor and the garden designer Piet Oudolf discussed their joint project: the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion . Each summer for the past eleven years, the Serpentine Gallery commissions a different architect to design a pavilion on the adjacent park lands. The flowers in the garden were in glorious autumn bloom and the temporary building served as a frame for them. The two men spoke about its conception to a rapt audience in t… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How Can a Conceptual Garden Win a Prize?

July 15, 2011 by  
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Photo: dan lobb The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the little sister to the Chelsea Flower Show. It is smaller, less formal and has a country feel. Think Prince Harry: a little wild and crazy but still royal. The Show has different categories of gardens: show, small and english poet’s but it is unique in having a category called “conceptual”. Hard to define, and open to controversy, it seems to be a garden t… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wild ‘Head Gardeners’ Made from Recycled Bottles Hit the Streets

July 31, 2010 by  
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There’s no point in crying over spilt milk, especially when those empty plastic containers can be recycled and turned into beautiful pieces of art . Well settled at home, or equally suited to hit the streets as daring green guerilla art, Anna Garforth’s Head Gardners are turning milk lovers and city dwellers up on their heads. Read the rest of Wild ‘Head Gardeners’ Made from Recycled Bottles Hit the Streets http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abe design , Anna Garforth , eco-art , green art , guerilla art , head gardener , Recycled Materials , Recycled Milk Cartons , Street art

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