Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
From drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and toxic levels of mercury (hazardous to fetuses, infants, and small children) in our water and the air to threats of opening more protected land to logging, there was of course no shortage of issues that could have grabbed headlines this election season had they not been in the shadow of the matters of war and the economy. As it stood, environmental issues were barely present in the presidential debates and in many polls were nonexistent. This told us that those who care about issues like clean air and water and refuge for wildlife would need to speak louder than ever before to be heard.
As this all unfolded, I prepared for you this issue of Native Plants magazine. It was comforting to do so for a membership that cares about the outdoors and the environment in general. More than 48 percent of you who participated in a Wildflower Center membership survey this year said that an interest in the environment and native landscapes was your reason for membership. Twenty-eight percent said you were a member to support public education about native plants, and nearly 20 percent said you want to help protect native plants.
We heard you, and when your garden's in a state of slumber this winter you'll find articles that reflect your values within these pages. Discover the benefits of native grasses to your winter garden in "Grass Roots" (page 12) and learn how flexible natives are in helping you achieve any type of garden design in "Exterior Design" (page 18). If you want to take in the beauty of native plants from your armchair, "Winter Glory" (page 24) features native trees and shrubs in winter through stunning photography. Together these feature articles - and all of this issue of Native Plants - remind us how much is left to talk about when it comes to conservation and the environment. We're glad you'll be part of the conversation and are thankful for your support. Happy holidays.