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Plantings is a monthly online journal published by the World Sensorium Conservancy, an initiative of Nalls Studio. If it enriches your soil, please join WSC so you don’t miss an issue and consider supporting it with a contribution.

Issue 3: September 2021

Article

Rediscovering Bee battles: why our native pollinators are losing the war

By Kelsey K. Graham • September 1, 2021

As global commerce grows, the movement of goods is occurring at ever-faster rates. And with increased global trade comes the spread of non-native species. This includes invasive insects that are making life difficult for domestic bees.

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15 Health and Well-being Benefits of Plants

By Charles Hall and Madeline W. Dickson • September 1, 2021

Why plants make us more resilient and help safeguard our future

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Why Some Species Thrive after Catastrophe – Rules for Making the Most of an Apocalypse

By Nicholas R. Longrich • September 1, 2021

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid struck the Earth. The world was plunged into darkness, killing the dinosaurs and over 90% of all species alive. Today, every living thing descends from the handful of surviving species. But not all survivors thrived.

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Dumbarton Oaks Gardens; Celebrating Landscape and Legacy

By Liz Macklin • September 1, 2021

This year with a fanfare of blossoms and new energy in programs blending science and the arts, Dumbarton Oaks marks its one hundredth anniversary.

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Article

Life Always Wins. Follow Me.

By Richard Harkess • September 1, 2021

A botanist is introduced to escapees from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

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Supporting Pollinators, Yourself, and Your Ecological Community with Anise Hyssop

By Gayil Nalls • September 1, 2021

With fragrance, food, and therapeutic properties, the giant anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) can be a big contributor to an eco-community.

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Issue 2: August 2021

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Rediscovering Dumbarton Oaks and one of America’s First Landscape Architects

By Liz Macklin • August 1, 2021

Liz Macklin explores the historic garden at Dumbarton Oaks with Director of Garden and Grounds, Jonathan Kavalier, and discuss the genius of Beatrix Farrand’s design and ways to meet challenges in today’s gardens.

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We Crush, Poison, and Destroy Our Insects at Our Own Peril

By John Hainze • July 1, 2021

Insects are escape artists. Now they face a threat more pernicious than predation.

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Article

Stilled Chimeras

By Margaux Crump • August 1, 2021

Troubling the myth of individual identity.

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Article

Can Plants Think?

By Stuart Thompson • July 1, 2021

They could one day force us to change our definition of intelligence

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Why Do Flowers Smell?

By Richard Harkess • July 1, 2021

Animal pollinators can carry pollen from one flower’s stigma to another flower’s ovule as they forage for food

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The Plan of the Grounds

By Beatrix Farrand • July 1, 2021

Excepted from the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 3, September, 1948

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Issue 1: July 2021

Article

How to Plant the Forests of the Future

By Lauren Oakes • July 1, 2021

Article

Rising Levels of Carbon Dioxide: It’s personal

By Lewis Ziska • July 1, 2021

Article

How small family forests can help meet the climate challenge

By Gabriel Popkin • July 1, 2021

In the past, forest restoration could be informed by what once was. Now we have to make hard decisions about what we’re working toward.

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A large majority of people, even in the United States, recognize climate change as real, but the percent who are actively changing their lifestyle, aggressively fighting to prevent climate change is much smaller. Why?

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This 95-acre woods in south-central Pennsylvania’s ridge-and-valley country is a hunting and hiking refuge co-owned by eight families. As much as he loves it, Leiby knows it could be even better.

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Mind the Gap Between Action and Impact

By Zachary Adams • July 1, 2021

Interview

A Rare Plant Conservation Success Story from Gibraltar

By Gayil Nalls • July 1, 2021

Article

One Thing We Could All Do To Make a Difference

By Gayil Nalls and the WS/C Advisory Board • July 1, 2021

Learning is rapid and reliable when rewards immediately follow the action and slow and even non-existent when rewards are substantially delayed in time.

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Dr. Rhian Guillem of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens discusses the Gibraltar Campion, Silene tomentosa.

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I asked WSC’s knowledgeable Board of Advisors who have diverse expertise and perspectives to name one thing they think we all can do to make a difference. This is what they said. 

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