a blossoming of conservation insights and inspiration
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 4: October 2021
By Sophia Daoudi • October 1, 2021
An animal behaviorist tells us about monkey species that eat plants, soils, and charcoal to both treat and prevent diseases.
By Heather Sparks • October 1, 2021
A journey into the painting subjects that depicts our modern food supply and how it impacts our bodies and lives.
Issue 3: September 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
Issue 2: August 2021
By Liz Macklin • August 1, 2021
Liz Macklin explores the historic garden at Dumbarton Oaks with Director of Garden and Grounds, Jonathan Kavalier, and discusses the genius of Beatrix Farrand’s design and ways to meet challenges in today’s gardens.
By John Hainze • August 1, 2021
Insects are escape artists. Now they face a threat more pernicious than predation.
Issue 1: July 2021
By Lewis Ziska • July 1, 2021
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?
By Gabriel Popkin • July 1, 2021
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.
By Gayil Nalls • July 1, 2021
Dr. Rhian Guillem of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens discusses the Gibraltar Campion, Silene tomentosa.
By Gayil Nalls and the WS/C Advisory Board • July 1, 2021
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.