Smaller American Lawns Today

Smaller American Lawns Today, SALT, is a movement introduced in June of 1997 by Dr. William A. Niering, professor of botany at Connecticut College. The SALT mission is to decrease the size of lawns in America by restoring home grounds to more harmonious, productive, ecologically sound and naturalistic landscapes. SALT offers an alternative vision of the monocultured lawn. As Dr. Niering wrote, “There’s nothing wrong with dandelions, there’s something wrong with people.”

SALT meets Wild Ones! This article by Kathy T. Dame appeared in the Wild Ones Journal, September/October, 2008.

Home of Allen Gauthier, Arboretum member and volunteer.
Home of Allen Gauthier, Arboretum member and volunteer - photo courtesy of The Norwich Bulletin.

Natural beauty can abound in one's own yard. In our annual SALT seminar, participants learned how to cut back on the size of their lawns and also to have beautiful, sustainable, and friendly home grounds as well. Once established, you will never want to go back to a boring, monocultural lawn!

SALT Seminars:

2015 - SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 - More information will be posted soon.

2013 SALT Brochure Cover2013 - The Joy of Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden
The 11th Annual SALT Seminar, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Homeowners often think in terms of planting an ornamental garden and a vegetable garden as two separate endeavors. It is possible, however, to have a garden that is both beautiful and bountiful. If you become a creative gardener, you may want to discover the joy of incorporating edible plants into your ornamental garden, making your combination garden a striking addition to your allover landscape plan. Your garden will overflow with both color and flavor, providing food for your body and beauty for your soul.

2012 - Gardening in a Changing Environment  Experts shared what they are doing now to maintain the sustainability of their land and what they have done when disaster has struck. ‌

2011 - The ABCs of Creating Your Own "Garden of Eden" provided an opportunity for homeowners to learn tips from topnotch speakers in the field of naturalistic landscaping. Download the brochure.

2010 - Designing Your Home Grounds for Beauty and Sustainability. A seminar on naturalistic landscaping. Download the brochure.

2009 - Going Native in New England with featured speaker Douglas W. Tallamy was most informative on the subject of using native plants to promote backyard biodiversity. Professor Tallamy, chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, is the author of Bringing Nature Home - How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.‌