Garden Writers National Symposium, August 2014

Garden Writers were asked : Why are organic gardening products and native plants important to you

Issue August 2014

At the 2014 Garden Writers Symposium, Garden Writes were asked about the importance of organic gardenig products and native plants. Here are their answers.

Safety, no harmful pesticides, peace of mind, for edibles and cut flowers.


Sustainable landscapes provide a circle of life relevant to flora and fauna.


We built the finest greenhouses in the world – we love supporting these products.


People are afraid of the health risks on humans from chemicals.


I’ve been gardening organically for many years. When I lecture or publish, I emphasize the importance of using native plants to support wildlife especially for winged creatures.


I work at an organic botanical garden and have adopted that lifestyle at home.


It takes a whole ecosystem to grow a healthy garden.


If you look at a map of where monarchs have been most affected Iowa is one of the hardest hit. We have a group called The Monarchs of Eastern Iowa that’s doing a lot of work. Iowa used to be covered with native plants – we need more!


Sustainability is important because we must be thinking about how this world is affected by our actions.


I am a school instructor. My students are very interested in sustainable living, urban agriculture etc. !!!


First, do no harm!


More awareness for organic sustainability to protect local bees, plants and animals.


Better in every way.


No/less contamination from man’s hand on this land.


We live atop the Edwards Aquifer in Texas. Native plants help us conserve the water supply and organic products help us avoid polluting the aquifer.


We need native plants and organic products to protect our soil.


Better for the environment and future generations.


Promotes healthy soil, healthy, happy people and healthy, vibrant plants.


There are too many pollutants in the environment. We need to be more organic.


Greater success in the garden = greater happiness!


As a teacher I find it important to teach student about biodiversity


Preserve natural heritage.


People like choices. Native plants are gaining interest as more people become aware of them. Earth – diversity – sustainability makes a better planet for us all.


We need to pass information along to everyone on how to sustain our earth!


To feed pollinators!


Because they are part of a system that keeps us and other creatures alive.


Oh, they are SO important. I have grandchildren and pets and I don’t want to risk their health. Also, I LOVE native plants!


Native plants encourage native birds and butterflies.


Contamination of the ground.


Passing along this planet to my kids in a way I want to pass it on…


They are part of helping people to feel they are being part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Also, people are very interested in avoiding materials that could make them, their kids or pets unwell.


Birds, bees and butterflies!


Because they sustain the same web of life that sustains us – because without them we might as well - Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot!


Just one world, we must take care of it.


In general they work better in our climate and soil.


As the head of my town’s conservation council, I am forever promoting milkweed for monarchs. As the owner of a large design / build firm, I try to encourage natives to all my clients. And, as a blogger I try to push natives to all.


I can’t think of any reason why NOT being organic could be acceptable as normal gardening. Everything is connected. We gardeners need to sustain life from the soil to the treetops!


Sustainability is cool stuff  - no to inorganic chemicals.


Because our children need a cleaner planet.


Because they support our ecosystems.


To protect and preserve butterflies and other pollinators.


Sustainable is the new way.


Many people today are concerned about the safety of their children and neighborhoods; they want to be sure their gardens are doing good for the world.


Because we are trying to educate homeowners on the importance of inviting pollinators to our neighborhoods.



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