BIODIVERSITY is diminishing across the globe as a result of human habitation. Although we cannot live on this earth without transforming it, we can minimize our impact.
Landscapes for Biodiversity is a program where landscape architecture and horticulture students help landowners design and create landscapes that support ecological balance.
Many of the ornamental plants in our yards are "pest-resistant", non-native plants that serve little to no role in the ecosystem. Wildlife such as birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians and mammals all require native vegetation to survive. Although some mammals like deer have adapted to eating non-native plants, most wildlife still require a diet of native plants which provide food, shelter and nest material.
Native plants evolved with the local ecosystem and provide food, shelter and nest material to wildlife, particularly the insect herbivores many birds need to feed their young. Landscapes for Biodiversity combines native plants with a beautiful landscape design.