Sustainable gardening is all about making connections—such as using native plants to make ecological linkages with the larger landscape outside the garden. But what if your garden bumps up against a lake or other large body of water. What’s the eco-friendly way to connect a garden to a shoreline?

In the latest edition of the Arboretum Bulletin, editor Niall Dunne writes about a new program called Green Shores for Homes that awards LEED-style points to waterfront homeowners who remove concrete bulkheads, restore natural beach, and plant native vegetation at the land-water interface.