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"When we think about landscape conservation, we tend to think big – big problems that require big solutions. But sometimes, it’s the little things that have the greatest impacts. The beating wings of a small butterfly might just be what is needed to save our nation’s grasslands. The butterfly is called the Dakota skipper"

Christina Stone,

The Butterfly Effect: A Small Voice with a Big Story

What saving the Dakota skipper could mean for grassland conservation

"Nature’s future is our future. The butterfly effect ensures we can’t know the ramification of every action we take. But although we can’t predict the future, we can safely assume that anything that benefits the planet will benefit us."

The Nature Conservance

Perspectives August 20, 2020

"Climate Change and the Butterfly Effect"

“The wilder your garden grows, the more birds, mammals, and insects it will attract.”
Monty Don


"The ecological approach to landscaping that I have described here is nothing more than basic earth stewardship, but it is stewardship that empowers us all to become forces in conservation. Today’s environmental challenges are so enormous that it is easy to feel helpless, as if one person can’t make a difference - despite the cliché that suggests you can. In this case, however, the cliché is right on: by choosing ecologically-effective plants for your landscape, by shrinking your lawn, and by removing your invasive ornamentals – all actions a single person can take - you will be able to make a difference that you can see, and enjoy, almost immediately. Life will return to your property!"
Doug Tallamy


“The real importance of gardening is the empowerment that it gives people, however small or seemingly insignificant their gardens might be. It is surprising how liberating it is, if you can grow anything at all.”

Monty Don

Our gardens have become more important than ever as places of refuge and solace as well as bringing a much greater awareness of their role in achieving and maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.
Monty Don
The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening

“Butterflies used to reproduce on the native plants that grew in our yards before the plants were bulldozed and replaced with lawn. To have butterflies in our future, we need to replace those lost host plants, no if’s, and’s or but’s. If we do not, butterfly populations will continue to decline with every new house that is built.”
Douglas Tallamy


"I always see gardening as escape, as peace really. If you are angry or troubled, nothing provides the same solace as nurturing the soil."
Monty Don


“It’s easy to say, ‘Let’s save the rainforest’ because you’re not having to do it. If you’re really interested in looking after the world, it’s all on our doorstep – in the garden, you can actually do it.”

Doug Tallamy

(for The Guardian)


“We know that gardening is good for you. It is a fantastic, all-around exercise. That is easy to see and evaluate. It inculcates high levels of well-being. That is undeniable and needs little measurement.”

Monty Don


"When you plant something, you invest in a beautiful future amidst a stressful, chaotic and, at times, downright appalling world."
Monty Don


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