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.”

Natural beauty can abound in one's own yard. In our annual SALT seminar, participants learn 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 Seminar, Smaller American Lawns Today, Meadow

2016 SALT Seminar 

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Keynote presentation: The future of native plants in the built landscape - Larry Weaner, Principal at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates and Founder of New Directions in the American Landscape.

The New England Wild Flower Society will be presenting the Regional Impact Award to New Directions in the American Landscape.

Co-sponsored by the New England Wild Flower Society.

More information and online registration coming soon.

 

Past SALT Seminars:

2015 - Kill Your Lawn 

2013 - The Joy of Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden‌. 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. 

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. 

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. 

‌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.

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