As a Member of the Nursery and Landscaping Industry for many years (I was even presented with a Gold Medal in 2010), I found the email from Leonie, (Petal Faire Nursery) below, quite disturbing.
Maybe annoying is a better word. It's always about the money and profit, isn't it?
Well done Leonie, keep up the fantastic work.
I thought I should share it with all my subscribers (there may even be a developer or two among them).
Hope they are listening: Read on.
We often have clients in the nursery from so-called “eco estates” where they insist they are only allowed to have indigenous plants in their gardens.
Since I have sometimes wondered about the reasoning behind this, I was interested to come across an article by Dr Johan Wentzel of Wildflower Nursery on the very subject.
A physicist, geologist and specialist on the rehabilitation of grassland areas, Dr Wentzel is very critical of developers who come in and destroy all the natural vegetation in an area in a matter of weeks, build their houses and then, when their budget is depleted, plant vast expanses of lawn and a row of indigenous trees before sitting back and selling properties in their “eco estate” at premium prices.
The important point he makes is that once our grassland has been destroyed through residential or agricultural development there is little chance that any of the endemic plants will ever re-establish themselves.
A scary thought!
Admittedly, I have seen estates where the developers have taken care to preserve pockets of natural vegetation between the properties but they are certainly few and far between.
And although using plants that are adapted to your local conditions can be a sensible approach, gardeners should be under no illusion that they are contributing to rehabilitating developed land by going 100% indigenous.
Click Here if you would like to read the article in full.
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