BrightWalk Community - Going Native is a Beautiful Thing
The true beauty of landscape is bound up not only in aesthetics but also in the climate and even the history of the region. Researchers and botanical historians have done an immense amount of work studying native plants region by region; The Graceful philosophy is to utilize that data, to study an area for native plants that will remain beautiful without undue pampering, and even to use scarce native plants wherever possible. GR Principal Jen Coots has studied plants extensively--her North Carolina Certified Plant Professional program is currently underway--and checks in regularly with academic professionals who support the work of thoughtful professionals in the field. Most recently she met with UNC professor Larry Mellichamp, who has written a great new book called Native Plants of the Southeast, to gather the information necessary to populate a client's space with scarce native plants.