Entries by Emily Freehling

Granite Ridge builds smart home with connected landscape technology

In fall 2014, Granite Ridge Builders opened its NextSTEP Innovation Home Gallery in Fort Wayne, Ind. The home is packed with hundreds of gadgets and tools that allow homeowners to control or automate everything from lawn irrigation to lighting through wireless apps and remotes. The “STEP” in the name stands for smart technology and energy […]

Virginia’s Chesterfield County transforms turf into an urban orchard

In discussions of water quality and environmental stewardship, you often hear people talk about the need to eliminate “managed turf.” The term refers to those big grassy expanses that must be fertilized, watered and mowed, and that generally aren’t as good as more natural landscapes at trapping and filtering rainwater. Virginia’s Chesterfield County had just […]

At University of Puget Sound, Arbor Day is a Reminder that Tree Care Happens Year-Round

This year to celebrate Arbor Day, the grounds staff at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., will work with members of that school’s Greek community to plant two new trees on campus on Saturday, April 30. They’ll celebrate the winning fraternity and sorority in a sustainability contest that encouraged Greek houses to compete to see […]

Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center opens visitors’ eyes to the natural world

Tucked away in the hills of western Pennsylvania, about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, is the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center. As groups around the world prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Crooked Creek is one of those places where the natural world is the focus of every program, from a Saturday seminar on […]

Plants Map makes it easy to order interactive plant tags to enhance the experience of any landscape

Just in time for the 2016 growing season, Plantsmap.com has launched My Tags, an innovative tool that makes it easier than ever to order interactive plant labels customized to your landscape directly from your own My Plants Map digital plant library. The process of ordering or making labels is typically an arduous task, involving either […]