Having just returned home from Susanâs Sustainable Gardening presentation, I wish to pass along some feedback.
I respect Susanâs gardening knowledge, and appreciate her efforts for the landscaping world, but I was
disappointed in the presentation â primarily because I feel the subject matter was misrepresented. âSustainableâ as she pointed out, is a hot topic these days â but I feel that that fact has been exploited in this case. Given the subject matter, I believe the topic would have been more accurately called âthe
"Sustainableâ is most commonly understood to mean that it sustains something â sustains insects, sustains
wildlife, sustains humans (other than their aesthetic which she referred to). I think my understanding was mirrored by others in the audience given that a number of the questions had to do with permaculture and native plants.
If you have not already seen it, I refer you both to Doug Tallamyâs Bringing Nature Home, as a persuasive argument for using native plants and why
they are so essential for sustaining wildlife. I do not think the Spireas, Acubas, cherry laurels, Nandinas etc, that Susan was recommending, would do much toward this end.
My apologies for not having something more positive to say â I do not like being the negative voice â but I
feel that the DC Urban Gardeners have a responsibility to educate well and accurately and that goal was not met in this case.
Having just seen Susanâs web site, I guess I am indirectly taking issue with more than her presentation â her
identity seems to be deeply connected with what I refer to as misrepresentation of an important environmental term.
I am ccing Susan. Susan, if you wish to speak further of this, I would be willing to meet with you â I do not mean any disrespect. I am sure that your overall gardening knowledge far surpasses mine, but âsustainableâ is something that I do know a little about and is what drew me to go inside on this sparkling Saturday in the hopes of learning something new. I am sorry for us both that I was disappointed.
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