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Sustainable Landscaping 101

Posted on by SCNPS Website Team


You get how important biodiversity is. You’ve embraced the concept of sustainability. You want to act. 

But, where to start? 

  1. Essential reading: Douglas Tallamy’s Nature’s Best Hope, a short but powerful book. Available at most Upstate libraries and through your local bookstore.
  2. The SC Wildlife Federation has created the “Palmetto Wildlife Habitat” brochure, a great overview on gardening for attracting and sustaining wildlife.
  3. Clemson’s Carolina Yards program has a checklist of terrific ideas to help you get started making your property more sustainable.
  4. Our “About The Plants page tells you everything you need to know about putting the right plant in the right place. 
  5. Join us in April at Conestee Park for our Spring 2023 Native Plant Sale. More than just plants (but of course, PLANTS!): Meet your fellow native plant and biodiversity enthusiasts, get and give advice, and generally have a swell ol’ time geeking out over South Carolina natives!

Learning about native plants and biodiversity is fun for all ages and interest levels, and restoring your own property can be an immensely rewarding exercise. Start slow, set reasonable goals, and enjoy the journey! 

Need an assist? Have specific questions or problems? Upstate Sustainability Correspondent Doug Lockard will be happy to help!