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Trees and Shrubs in a Pollinator-Friendly Yard

Insects are among nature’s more industrious workers, ensuring generations of bountiful and useful plants. We can help them do their work by creating a more pollinator-friendly yard. And when we do so, trees and shrubs have a strong role to play. There are already many other benefits of trees. They serve as a carbon sink,…  Read More

Become a Blue Thumb Partner

How Blue Thumb Partnership Works Blue Thumb is a resource hub for creating resilient landscapes. Our network — Blue Thumb Partners — connects those who work in this field with each other and with customers who want to make positive change in their yard. Property owners come to us for expertise. On our website you’ll…

Coaching Information

This page provides information for Lawns to Legumes coaches. So what do coaches do?  Many people who receive cost-share grants have never had the opportunity to do a pollinator-focused planting project. Coaches are volunteers who provide assistance on navigating the Lawns to Legumes program. If you’re interested in becoming a coach, you can learn more…

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Science Daily The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments — to the tune of hundreds of bird species and thousands of…  Read More

Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

ideastream Vacant lots are a big problem for cities with population loss, like Cleveland, where researchers are tinkering with those spaces to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the environment. Anne Glausser reports for QUEST Science. Then ideastream’s Tony Ganzer speaks with Terry Schwarz, director of Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.   Vacant lots are a big problem…  Read More