Thursday, November 20, 2008

Why shouldn't more parking lots look like this?

I'm weary of looking at uninteresting planting in parking lots (and elsewhere) that do nothing for the natural world. Why not include a diversity of shrubs and trees? Why not include grasses and perennials? Why not include rain gardens that help filter runoff and provide mini-wetlands that might support a few dragonflies?

I've bumbled across a few good examples lately. The photos above, of parking lot for a Portland bakery/coffee house were nice.

And the urban parking near UNC Asheville and the Botanical Garden of Asheville, planted in natives, gets my kudos for providing a sense of place.

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful! I think it's probably easier (cheaper) to mow than to plant? Seems it always comes down to dollars and cents, not sense!


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