January 16, 2023

Q&A with Mark Fiely: How Ernst Seeds Works with Landscape Architects

Landscape architecture professionals understand that the best projects don’t just marry design with science, they come to life thanks to the dedicated people behind them. For more than 50 years, Ernst Seeds has combined creativity with technical expertise to assist firms large and small to create environmentally thoughtful landscapes, from wetland restoration areas to pollinator-friendly […]

November 4, 2021

Opportunity Knocks: How an Influx of Funding for Wetland Conservation Could Kickstart Your Next Big Project

Wetland conservancy is making a comeback. For our country’s first two centuries, wetlands across the United States were viewed as a waste. As a result, the U.S. lost an estimated 53 percent of its total wetland area from the colonial times through the 1980s. Wetlands were dried, drained and eliminated as the country expanded, which […]

October 13, 2021

Residential, Commercial and Municipal: Why Native Vegetation Is A More Cost-Effective, Sustainable Option Than Turfgrass For Landscape Architects In Any Setting

America loves a good lawn. A lush green lawn is a symbol of the American Dream; it’s been that way ever since the country’s post-World War II economic expansion. As the suburbs boomed, so did the idea of trying to grow the best lawn in the neighborhood. Any company that had a lawn usually hired […]

June 14, 2021

Understanding the Nutritional Needs of Bees Can Help Drive Pollinator Conservation Toward Better Outcomes

by Rachel Sohmer Given the current realities of pesticide use, habitat destruction, parasites and disease, climate change and air pollution among yet other stressors, there is no denying that conserving bees is a complex problem demanding complex solutions. Poor nutrition, linked to widespread declines in both the abundance and diversity of flowering plants, has profound […]

October 14, 2020

Vindicating the Goldenrod

Allergy sufferers often curse the golden sea of blooms from goldenrods that appear in fallow fields, landscapes and along roadsides from July to November. Sadly, these complaints are based on an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Both members of the aster family (Asteraceae), goldenrods (Solidago genus) are often errantly identified as allergenic ragweeds (Ambrosia genus). Though there […]

May 3, 2020

Creating Community and Economic Opportunity with Solar, Pollinator Meadows, and Craft Beer

A post by Guest Contributor, Rob Davis Filmmaker Scott Mason returned to his hometown of Meadville, PA earlier this year and produced a beautiful video about how the national trend of pollinator-friendly solar is creating community and economic opportunity in Pennsylvania. Touring the Ernst Conservation Seeds farm last fall, and hearing from native and naturalized […]

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