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Old 01-05-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Regional Interpretation: Linking our Natural and Cultural Diversity

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People may hardly notice that anything has happened or assume that whatever happens – if a mountain is stripped of timber and soil is eroded into its creeks – is for the common good.
The more superficial a society’s knowledge of the real dimensions of the land it occupies, the more vulnerable the land is to exploitation, to manipulation for short-term gain.
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The conservation of the regional landscape provides an integrative fabric that we need so that all places are not reduced to some woefully deficient common denominator with the increasing prevalence of other technologies – deficient in identity, aesthetic quality, and rational responses to environmental influences
(Landscape Journal, 1994).
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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How do your local botanic gardens stack up to this criteria?

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Based on preliminary literature research, I looked at efforts in the following areas of regional interpretation to select three case-study institutions:
  • promoting the uniqueness of the horticulture, ecology, geology, and aesthetics of a region
  • using vernacular materials and crafts, involvement of local craftspeople and artists
  • recognising human history on-site
  • collaborating with resident institutions
  • involving the community in programs and planning
  • emphasising location-appropriate plants, processes, and techniques
  • implementing formal educational activities related to local nature and culture.
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I volunteer at a local botanical gardens that has been working on a native plant collection that represents what is growing locally.

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:13 PM   #4
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Runmede, very nice a bold and ambitious plan. Thank you for sharing that.

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six distinct geographic regions. These include the Appalachian
Highlands, Valley and Ridge, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge, Piedmont and
Coastal Plain. The Coastal Plain embodies much of the Chesapeake Bay and
reaches the Atlantic Ocean further east.
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Ultimately, we hope to encourage use of native plants in the landscape and
educate the public about the often-subtle differences between native species that
represent wild populations and horticultural selections. Furthermore, we educate
the visiting public and avocation gardeners alike about the ecological and
conservation value of native plants in public garden collections and in the
landscape at large.
Anyone else have some such work going on at local gardens?
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