I was walking in Center City (what we call our downtown) Philadelphia, last week and strolled by Washington Square Park.
I was struck by the clear levels of blooming. The ground level, then the understory then the canopy trees. The order of blooming is just like any deciduous forest.
It just points out to us that we think we are creating something “outside the boundaries of nature”, but in truth we are not.
In my gardening presentations I try to stress this point. We garden within the natural order of the world, not outside of it.
Washington Park mimics the larger Eastern Deciduous Forest that Philadelphia sits in.
Each of our gardens is part of the local ecosystem whether we want it to be or not. So, what does this mean? Garden responsibly. I struggle with desires to plant any old plant that catches my eye, but I know that it is best for the land to plant locally indigenous native plants and not to use chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
We gardeners have great power. We can help conserve birds, butterflies and native plants. I want to use my power for good.