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Seven Secrets to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Success

I’m on a Southwest Flight to Washington D.C. today. Ever notice their logo? A heart is at the center. As I prepared to speak to a conference of 1,000 millennials about social entrepreneurship and the urban environment, I built a list of ten or twelve top of mind reasons that have been “secrets” to KIB’s growth and long-term success. When … Read more

Orchids; Not Just a Tropical Treasure

This past weekend, a friend and I spent an afternoon at the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see their current exhibit, Orchids: Cultivating Beauty. The exhibit features hundreds of beautiful orchids from all over the world, each unique in their own way. The orchids are currently on display in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, but are also decorating the Lilly … Read more

Don’t be in the Dark, Learn how to ID trees by their Bark!

After our recent cold snap, you may be itching to get back outside and stretch your legs. As the temperatures rise and the days get a little bit longer, the outdoors become more inviting. A hike in the woods is a great way to stave off the winter blues, and if you’re a tree nerd like I am, winter hikes … Read more

Silva Cells: New technology in Street Tree Planting

A seminar I recently attended at this year’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference introduced me to a new method of urban planning and construction to enhance the success of city street trees: The Silva Cell. The Silva Cell can only be implemented in new construction or reconstruction of city sidewalks and is designed to increase the square footage of soil … Read more

Tree Cheers for OAKtober!

Oaks know no borders. For that reason we celebrated OAKtober with our Illinois friends this weekend. Illinois has designated October as Oak Awareness Month and for good reason. They provide many benefits including reducing air pollutants, collecting storm water which cleans our rivers, cools our cities, and of course, provide beauty. Another extremely important benefit of oaks is the amount … Read more