Closing the Loop in Landscapes: Enhanced Sustainability with Roots, Wildlife, and Healthy Soil
With Marie Chieppo, Founder and Principal, EcoPlantPlans
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
$10 AHS members/$15 non-members
Traditionally, many resources are used to keep landscapes looking lush and healthy. Tremendous amounts of water are used to irrigate lawns and garden beds. Every year we cover our landscapes with yards of mulch to keep weeds at bay and retain soil moisture. However, we can lower our water bills, stop the annual mulch delivery, and have gorgeous healthy gardens by creating an ecosystem that ultimately cares for itself. The incorporation of native plants attracts wildlife and feeds the soil, the foundation of healthy plants. In this session, you will learn how to identify plants to enhance sustainability; how to naturally enhance soil health; and how to design with techniques that encourage wildlife and minimize water use.
Marie Chieppo is a landscape designer who works with nature and interconnecting systems to enhance biodiversity and the overall health of the environment. With an initial background in public health policy and research, she has designed beautiful resilient landscapes for over twenty years through her business, EcoPlantPlans. Her most recent work focuses on sustainable solutions for plastic plant containers. Chieppo is an Ecological Landscape Designer and Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.