Current Issues & Insights
A Garden is Dedicated to Rachel Carson on Her Birthday
May 27, 2016: Rachel Carson was born on this day in 1907. It is also the day chosen for dedicating a Green Legacy Garden intended as a safe habitat for plants, pollinators and feathered visitors as well as a tribute to Rachel Carson and the others who helped bring it about. Ground breaking took place in 2015 and planning started even earlier.
In accord with Carson’s preference for avoidance of hazardous chemical pesticides, the Garden is a chemical pesticide-free natural habitat.
Most plants in the Green Legacy Garden are native to the Mid-Atlantic area, where it is located. They can be counted on to provide flowers that benefit wildlife and bloom from early Spring thru late Fall.
It is not too early for those who admire Rachel Carson to start putting in place plans for a Rachel Carson Tribute Garden to be dedicated on May 27, 2017 which will be the 110th year since her birth.
Green Legacy Garden Plants in Full bloom on this day (5-27-16) include: False blue indigo (Baptisia australis), Foxglove penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) Salvia nemorosa “Caradonna”, Woodland sedum (Sedum ternatum), Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium), and Heartleaf foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
More about blooms in the Green Legacy Garden in the months to come
A Herbicide’s Impact on Bees, Blooms and Beyond
The herbicide 2,4-D widely-used in combination products is designed to kill broad-leaf plants. It can also adversely impact animals as our accompanying report details. Due to the importance of pollinators and their declining numbers, 2,4-D’s potential hazard to bees deserves urgent attention.
We recommend that regulators give prompt, serious emphasis to profiling how exposure to 2,4-D alone and in combination with other herbicides could adversely impact bees. In view of the recognized hazards to various non-target species from 2,4-D we strongly recommend avoiding use of this herbicide in areas designated for people, pollinators, desirable plants and wildlife.
2016 RACHEL CARSON
The 2016 Rachel Carson Open House took place on several different levels. Indoors there were informative presentations by 3 outstanding speakers, poetry readings and a music performance in one room, a table for creative intergenerational artwork was located in another, and there was the new historic exhibit in the corner of Rachel Carson’s study bearing a striking resemblance to photos taken in the 1960s. Organic refreshments were available in the dining room and kitchen. Outdoors there was a native plant sale and the new pollinator garden to draw visitors’ attention.
Announcing the 2016 Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild Contest!
Entries can focus on either of two themes:
Show Your Sense of Wonder. Entries should express the Sense of Wonder your intergenerational team feels for the beauty of natural surroundings, as near as your backyard or as far away as the night sky.
Show Your Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild. Entries should express your intergenerational team’s appreciation of and wonder for a natural (wild) plant or animal in its own ecosystem performing a benefit for a person, group, society, or the Earth. Such beneficial activities make possible the survival of their species as well as our own.
Winners: Winners in each of the 6 “Sense of Wonder” categories and the 6 “Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild” categories will receive an award from the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance, and some of the submissions will be featured on the RCLA website. Winners will be announced on December 1, 2016.
Deadline for entries is October 15, 2016.
For full details about this contest, including specific entry rules, click here.
2015 Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest Winners Announced!
For complete Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild Contest Winners 2015 click here
Experiencing Spring: Then and Now
2015 Rachel Carson Open House
Here’s a great way to remember Rachel Carson on her birthday and beyond.
RCLA Native Plant Mini-List
Listing of some of many plants native to the Mid-Atlantic area, which when in bloom, provide nectar and pollen to insects. Some of them also host plants to the larvae of butterflies and other insects.
Make Your Mark—Take Action
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the
wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
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