Like many, I’ve been witnessing flowers blooming earlier, bushes also blooming earlier and hotter summers during the growing season. Last spring azaleas bloomed a solid two weeks earlier than normal in the Baltimore region. Many state flowers and trees are under threat by this climate change.
The National Wildlife Federation is working to educate gardeners and homeowners on the connections between how we maintain our properties and climate change. There is to be a workshop on this very topic at the Irvine Nature Center (www.explorenature.org) north of Baltimore on March 5th, led by an expert from NWF.
From the National Wildlife Federation’s website:
“Plants across the nation are affected by global warming. You have probably seen that many plants in your backyard are blooming earlier. Global warming will mean that many native and iconic plants may no longer find suitable climate conditions in major portions of their historic range.”
For more information and gardening tips of how gardening can help ameliorate climate change, check out this link and download the full report. There are tips on cutting use of fossil fuels in your gardening practices, planting natives (more trees), putting in green roofs, water gardens etc. It’s an informative guide that many could benefit from reading and putting the steps into practice.
Here are some videos from the Union of Concerned Scientists on Gardening in more Climate Friendly ways… Enjoy!