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What Plants Do?

Touch the Soil News #685 (feature photo – CC SA 3.0) Besides feed us, a closer look reveals that plants do a lot of things. The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture ( www.ConsumerHort.org ) recently released some interesting information about what plants do: A 25-foot tree in the yard can reduce annual heating and cooling costs for a typical home by 8-12 percent. Almost one fourth (1/4) of American homes grow berries, veggies or fruit trees. Trees along roads create shade. Shaded roads save up to 60 percent of repaving costs, improve driver safety and result in fewer traffic accidents. Stores with landscaped areas have expanded sales resulting from longer…

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Landscape Architecture – Incorporating Urban Food in Post-Industrial Cities (Part 2 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #292 – By Beth Hagenbuch In the past, urban food and farming has often been an afterthought. Yards are converted to food gardens and urban lots retro-fitted into market gardens. We were lucky to get Beth Hagenbuch, a professional landscape architect, to write about the emerging trend of urban food and farming being designed in from the start. This story on urban food-landscape architecture reveals a new occupational direction. Beth Hagenbuch is a Partner at Hagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture (HWLA), recipient of the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award for Lafayette Greens Urban Garden in Detroit, Michigan, http://www.asla.org/2012awards/073.html and President of GrowTown  http://growtown.org,…

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Landscape Architecture – Incorporating Urban Food in Post-Industrial Cities (Part 1 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #291 – By Beth Hagenbuch In the past, urban food and farming has often been an afterthought. Yards are converted to food gardens and urban lots retro-fitted into market gardens. We were lucky to get Beth Hagenbuch, a professional landscape architect, to write about the emerging trend of urban food and farming being designed in from the start. This story on urban food-landscape architecture reveals a new occupational direction. Beth Hagenbuch is a Partner at Hagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture (HWLA), recipient of the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award for Lafayette Greens Urban Garden in Detroit, Michigan, http://www.asla.org/2012awards/073.html and President of GrowTown http://growtown.org,…

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