- Broad-leaved trees reduce noise more than conifers.
- Creative, meandering pathways maximize on-site physical activity.
- Implementing a food-producing garden can minimize one’s exposure to pesticide residues found on most conventionally grown, store-bought produce.
- Permanent and temporary art installations promote visual and aesthetic interest throughout the garden or home landscape.
Unsustainable vs. Sustainable Gardens:
How They Compare
- Often treated with synthetic pesticides and volatile organic compounds.
- Are sometimes designed without opportunities for physical exercise in mind.
- Outdoor fixtures waste energy and create light pollution.
- Use natural resources and materials to create a healthy environment for plants, animals and people.
- Provide opportunities for spending time in nature, which can reduce stress and improve emotional and physical well-being.
- Well-planned lighting and layouts provide better dark-sky environments for nocturnal wildlife.
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Expanded training opportunities coming in 2023! Landscape For Life includes a complete kit of teaching resources which can be used to conduct classes in sustainable home gardening.
Landscape For Life™ was developed by United States Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®). The program is now a collaboration between Colorado State University Extension and the United States Botanic Garden.