Blogger Catherine Bollinger shares ideas on a Graham Rice article on why garden choices matter to wildlife.
“Coming to Terms with Nativars” by Graham Rice, a well-known garden writer, is an article I wish every gardener would read and take to heart, because it addresses how the choices we gardeners make – even when planting what we think are native species – can affect the well-being of the native wildlife we are trying to support with those planting choices.
As Mr. Rice explains, the term nativar was coined by the well-known plantsman, Allan Armitage, to identify cultivated forms and hybrids of native species. Nativar is a combination of the words native and cultivar. Cultivar is another coined term made from two words – cultivated and variety – and indicates that the plant in question was either deliberately developed by horticulturalists or it was spotted by them in a garden somewhere and named and propagated. (2015) Blog post by Catherine Bollinger on Piedmont Gardener.