Wright Scoop Selects Ginkgo as Plants of Care.
Identified by artist gardener Louise Odell Blanks Cochrane as a component of her gardening palette, Ginkgo was installed to frame a landscape view, the barn at Walnut Hill. For, as the 'late' Louise Cochrane said, "I knew what I wanted so I sketched it." And, through combining an artist eye with the skills of landscape gardening, she designed and positioned the barn as an aesthetic view from her home's front porch. To hear Louise tell her story, click the link and view the video 'The Barn at Walnut Hill, old inspires new'.
Ginkgo biloba is hailed as undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful of all deciduous trees. Its unique, fan-shaped leaves turn a stunning yellow color in the fall; and, can tolerate many urban conditions including heat, air pollution, salt and confined spaces. The tree also comes with a bit of history. The Ginkgo tree is a living fossil, with the earliest leaf fossils dating from 270 million years ago. It was rediscovered in 1691 in China and brought to America in the late 1700s. The seeds and leaves have been (and are still today) used in medicine throughout the world. What makes Ginkgo biloba different? The plant flourishes in multiple climate zones, is recognized to enable eco-sustainable habitats; and through its vibrant characteristics, has intrigued gardeners such as Louise Odell Blanks Cochrane nation-wide. As a result, it is selected as a "Plants of Care." To learn about other selected plants, here is a link to the blog Plants of CARE.
Plants of Care, plant recognition program -
Whether an experienced landscape professional or novice homeowner, Wright's eco-advocacy challenges all to not simple identify plants that survive but thrive; and then, create landscapes from a sustainable point of view: move landscapes from eco-weak to eco-chic one scoop at time. "For," says Wright, "any style landscape should not simply reflect traditional design concepts but be a result of the right plant, installed in the right place at the right (optimal) planting season - creating a legacy of green, healthier urban/suburban communities. Why? The challenge for all 21st century landscape gardeners is to create landscapes from a 'waste not, and want not' eco-sustainable commitment: become caretakers for their environmental community."
About the Wright Scoop -
Spotlighted by Landscape Architect magazine as an Industry "mover and shaker," the Wright Scoop - Sylvia Hoehns Wright urges all to become people who care - have a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency. As founder of the Plants of Care plant recognition program, she challenges all to select and install plants that work-well in their region. Wright has blog for Build Green TV and provides speeches and workshops for national and international conferences such as the All Cities Congressional City Conference held in DC and PLANET's Green Industry Conference held at Louisville, Kentucky. To view details of her activities, visit web site www.TheWrightScoop.com or follow Wright's activities through Facebook group The Wright Scoop or twitter ID WrightScoop.
Side-bar: Ginkgo biloba
* Hardiness Zones 3-8.
* Tree Type -both shade and ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping.
* Mature Size - height of 25-50' and a spread of 25-35' at maturity.
* Growth Rate -medium rate, with height increases of 13-24" per year.
* Sun Preference - Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
* Soil Preference - acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained, wet and clay soils. It can tolerate moderate drought and wetness but doesn't grow well in hot, dry climates.
*video/photographer - Glenn Lock TachLock Group www.tachlock.com & Mark Bare Artography www.markbarephotography.com
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