Voice of the Land

A Sense of Place

Jun 14th, 2017

Colorado foothills at sunset

How does one “feel at home”? What is it that makes us feel like we belong here? I recently re-read a book called “Our Land, Ourselves”, and in it was a story of an immigrant who volunteers in a community garden to find her sense of self in her new world. And I realized this—connecting […]


Eat, Prey, Fly…Raptors in our Backyards!

Oct 13th, 2015

profile small red-tailed hawk,

We know we are lucky living in the Rocky Mountains and nearby plains for many reasons. So are the fine Birds of Prey that live with us.


Women in Design host a panel of Woman Landscape Architects

Sep 30th, 2013

Women landscape architect, Nancy Eastman, joins Women in Design for a panel discussion

Women landscape architects, Nancy Eastman, Gretchen Wilson of Dig studio Inc. and Lori Catalano from the Department of Landscape Architecture University of Colorado Denver on a panel to discuss how women in landscape design have shaped our world. The panel discussion followed a viewing of “Women in the Dirt, Landscape Architects Shaping Our World” presented […]


3rd Annual Sustainable Landscaping Symposium

Feb 15th, 2010

“Down and Dirty: The Scoop on Soil” Thursday, March 4, 2010 – 8am – 4:30pm Denver Botanic Gardens Soils: the foundation of sustainable landscapes. What is healthy soil? How do we protect and create it? Learn how healthy soil: protects plants from insects and disease transforms garbage into fertilizer absorbs and cleans water and air […]


Hedgerow Preservation and Creation

Jan 16th, 2010

David Coulter of Osage, Inc. has been working in urban horticulture for more than 30 years. Hedgerow preservation in America is an interest that has been simmering in his mind for the past few years. Many important environmental topics often converge in this area: ecological restoration habitat improvement land use history Historic hedgerows can be […]


Bird Habitat in Your Yard

May 4th, 2009

Some of the most common birds seen in American yards are losing numbers in much of the United States, according to a study released by the National Audubon Society. Common birds have lost more than half their population in the last forty years due to changes in farming practices and development. With so much loss […]


The Ecosystem of Plant Roots

Mar 28th, 2008

Plant roots in natural forests are colonized by soil fungi, called mycorrhizal fungi, which allow additional absorption of water and nutrients. These beneficial fungi also provide the plants with increased tolerance to pH extremes, soil salinity, drought, heat, and soil toxins. Plants with mycorrhizal fungi grow faster, are hardier, and survive transplant shock.