Hello, meadow-makers! Here are ideas, articles, sources, books and more about the communities of grasses and flowers we call meadows. Scroll down to see all content.
5 Benefits of Native Plant Meadows
- Native plants are life-critical for many birds, pollinators, and other creatures. For some, they offer unique food or habitat. For others, they offer preferred food or habitat. Either way, native plants are supportive members of healthy regional wildlife ecology.
- Meadow plants grow deep roots and vigorous above-ground cover. They help stabilize surface soil and underground soil structure as well.
- Meadow plants capture carbon through production of biomass, both above and below ground. They do so more quickly than trees, which take longer to reach their full ecological benefits.
- Meadows are open spaces that require little mowing. They require no weekly visits from gas-powered equipment, and thus help reduce carbon emissions.
- Meadows are quiet. See point 4, above.
Video from Kathy's 2018 meadow tour.
- Fall: Time to sow next year's meadows
- Sow seeds now for next year's meadows
- Meadows where lawns once grew
- Native Plant series
- From wild to formal: Landscape at Harkness Park is hard to match
- Protecting a Much Beloved Stream at Wadsworth Falls State Park
- Seasonal views from Kathy's meadow.
Regional Wildflower and Grass Seed Mixes:
Hart Seed: New England meadow mix.
Downloads on Meadows and Conservation Plantings:
Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast, Paul R. Salon and Chris F. Miller
Milkweed: A Conservation Practitioner's Guide, Xerces Society
Meadow, Wildflower, and Pollinator books:
- Garden Revolution, Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher
- Planting in a Post Wild World, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West
- Planting: A New Perspective, Piet Oudoulf and Noel Kingsbury
- Urban and Suburban Meadows, Catherine Zimmerman
- Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, John Lewis-Stempel
- Wilding, Isabella Tree
- Attracting Native Pollinators, Xerces Society
- Nature's Best Hope, Douglas Tallamy
- Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Douglas Tallamy
- Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, William Cullina
- The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, Rick Darke