The basics of ecological landscaping for home gardeners by the non-profit group Wild Ones.
(2004) Published by Wild Ones and posted on the US EPA website. A 28 page publication on the basics of ecological landscaping based on principles endorsed by Wild Ones, a non-profit group that promotes native plants and ecological landscapes.
As we begin a new century, it is essential our landscapes take on a new meaning. Designed and managed landscapes need to demonstrate an environmental consciousness and a shift in values. A part of the beauty of a landscape in the 21st century will be derived from its resource consciousness, its productivity, its sustainability.
These thoughts are stimulated, in part, by a February 1990 prediction by the Worldwatch Institute. This Washington think-tank predicted (optimistically, maybe) that the world will become ‘self-sustainable’ by the year 2030; i.e., that society will see that basic human needs are met without depleting or further polluting the Earth’s resources. The Institute acknowledges that in order for its prediction to become reality, a new set of values will need to be adopted, with one difficult component being a shift away from materialism and conspicuous consumption.