Mike and I recently hopped on a bus to take a “Sustainable Landscapes Tour” in a neighboring county. Over an 8 hour period, we made 6 stops at a variety of sites including parks, offices, a community garden, and a farm. It was encouraging to see that even in the middle of a shopping center district, individuals and organizations are taking the time to build and landscape in a way that reduces energy use, and conserves and cleans water. Here are a few highlights of our day.
Have you ever explored a bog? It’s a beautiful, eerie, sort of place. The first time I visited a bog, there was no boardwalk on which visitors could walk. Our guide directed us just where to step. It was strange to be walking on top of floating mounds of sphagnum moss.
I immediately fell in love. I feel the same way about marshes and swamps. They are beautiful places but are often drained for commercial purposes. Draining bogs in order to harvest peat moss is just one of those purposes.Continue Reading