Washington, D.C. — September 17, 2010 Sylvia Hoehns Wright, recipient of the Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award sponsored by Hines Horticulture, Project Evergreen and Today’s Garden Center magazine, has implemented a 5-step sustainable landscape program. Starting the week of September 20th each week she posts eco tips/strategies on her www.TheWrightScoop.com blog, @ WrightScoop on twitter, and facebook group The Wright Scoop. As a final step to the program, she invites all to the Organic Gardening and Urban Farming Pavilion at DC Green Festival Saturday, October 23, from 12:30 to 1:15pm to hear her presentation: ” Gardening Green: the sustainable landscape.” A signing of her book From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: Landscape Green is hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine and held at their exhibit booth.
Whether experienced or novice, homeowner or renter all are challenged to create landscapes from a sustainable point of view, seeking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as create pesticide free edible landscapes. Eco-chic advocate Sylvia Hoehns Wright – author of From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: Landscape Green says:
“Any style should not simply illustrate traditional design but be the result of the right plant, installed in the right place at the right (optimal) planting season – creating a legacy of green, healthier urban/suburban communities.”
Wright further advises consumers to take the concept of sustainability a step further, not simply a use of plants that works-well in their region but those that contribute to regional economic sustainability: developed, grown and distributed within their community.
“Historically,” she adds, ”earth-friendly” is defined in terms of reduce, reuse and recycle. Eco-chic takes earth-friendly a step further. It is a reflection of how we feel about the environment, not just as a lifestyle choice but a decorating style as well.” During her speech – ‘Gardening Green, the sustainable landscape’, Wright shares strategies that respect an existing vista, preserving and enhancing its health. For as Wright emphasizes, plants should not simply be selected to provide contrast of structure, texture or color, but make environmental contributions, too.
About Sylvia Hoehns Wright
An earth-friendly columnist, contributing writer and speaker, Sylvia Hoehns Wright is a graduate of the VA Natural Resource Leadership Institute program. Featured by VA Home Grown WCVE Richmond PBS TV and the best of Birds & Blooms 2006, she is a contributing writer for Washington Gardener, Green Profit, HouseTrends, Today’s Garden Center magazines and the Mid-Atlantic Grower and Times Dispatch newspapers; volunteers as public relations for Virginia “go green” projects, and blogs on HGTV-Green, http://www.buildinggreentv.com/user/thewrightscoop/blog.
As a Board member for an arts association – the National League of American Pen Women, www.nlapw.org – based in DC, she is actively involved in the preservation of the Pen Arts building and its grounds located near DuPont Circle.
Wright challenges Green Festival attendees to green their landscapes eco-chic style – the right plant, installed in the right place at the right (optimal) planting season – creating a legacy of green and a healthier community. For details, connect via web site www.TheWrightScoop.com