Our Changing Climate
Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change
In the fall 2015, 2016, and 2018 issues of the Arboretum Bulletin, editor Niall Dunne wrote a three-part series entitled “Our Changing Climate,” focusing on the implications of the climate crisis for plants and gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
Predicted changes for our region include hotter, drier summers; warmer, wetter winters; more frequent and intense wildfires; and new pest and disease problems. The severity of these changes will vary depending on how much we curb future emissions of greenhouse gases.
Part 1: Reducing Your Garden’s Climate Footprint
Part 2: Adapting Your Garden to the Coming Conditions
Part 3: Implications for Native Plant Communities in the Pacific Northwest
Desert Garden at the Anderson School, by Phil Wood (summer 2019)
Evolution of a Summer-Dry Garden, by Phil Wood (summer 2017)
Trees and Shrubs for a Warmer Seattle, by Christina Pfeiffer (fall 2016)
Shelagh Tucker’s summer-dry garden, Seattle (Photo: Phil Wood).
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