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Report From PIA – March 7 – On Assignment In Chicago

Most people who came of age in the late 60’s and early 70’s are familiar with the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally.” There is great wisdom in this slogan. As individuals we may not have the power to make sweeping improvements around the world, but we do have the ability to create profound improvements in our immediate regions.

As gardeners this saying has meaning on several levels. I spoke to Chicago area gardeners about perennial bed maintenance today, and was thinking about the many ways tending perennial gardens is the same no matter where we live. All gardeners have to pay attention to weeds, for example. There are some plants that I who live on Cape Cod can grow that Midwest gardeners cannot, but over all, our experiences are the same.

“Think Globally, Act Locally” also speaks to what we do in our gardens. This thinking affirms that the products and practices we choose for our properties have ramifications beyond our own backyards. We are aware that the plants we put in our yards can effect ecosystems positively or negatively, and it’s our responsibility to select wisely.

Traveling to different areas of the country, and speaking with gardeners in other regions, reminds me that we are all deeply connected, and that these associations can add up to something great.

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