Category: Trees

  • Slow Landscaping – Slow Trees in Fast Cities

    Slow Landscaping – Slow Trees in Fast Cities

    The Long Now Cities are fast-paced, ever-changing places filled with fast fashion, quick commerce, short election cycles, and perpetual development. What does living in the fast lane do to our ability to see the big picture and tackle life’s biggest challenges? How might fast-paced cities influence what musician and producer Brian Eno coined a sense…

  • Decorative Tree Lighting Can Kill Trees

    Decorative Tree Lighting Can Kill Trees

    The Dark Side of Decorative Tree Lighting Edmonton has embraced year-round decorative tree lighting, and it’s hard not to love it! A 2015 Edmonton Journal article states that the City’s forestry department “installed lights on 1000 city-owned trees in six business revitalization zones.” Walking Whyte, Churchill, or Giovanni Caboto amongst twinkling giant elms is magical.…

  • Cloned Fruit And The Magic of Grafting

    Cloned Fruit And The Magic of Grafting

    Why Do We Eat So Many Cloned Plants? In 1868, Maria Ann Smith spotted an interesting apple seedling growing by a creek on her property. As the plant aged, it produced apples with green skin and tart flesh. Maria Ann Smith’s apple has been propagated thousands of times over the last 150 years. You know…

  • Espalier Fruit Trees

    Espalier Fruit Trees

    A Leafy Wall of Fruit. Save Space, Increase Yields, and Extend the Growing Season with Espalier Fruit Trees Espalier fruit trees are a great way to conserve space, grow food, and create a beautiful garden. Espalier is the ancient practice of training plants against a two-dimensional surface such as a wall or trellis, typically trees,…

  • Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest

    Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest

    An Edible Ecosystem in the River Valley In 2014, one hundred community volunteers descended into Edmonton’s river valley to plant thousands of edible native plants. Located on the south-facing slope of MacKinnon Ravine, the river valley food forest aims to create a self-sufficient edible ecosystem that captures water, increases biodiversity, reduces costs, cleans the air,…