Bringing the Natural Aesthetic Home- Our Changing Landscape

Landscaping choices are turning from manicured monoculture lawns accented with imported shrubs, to diverse native plant communities that provide natural beauty with the added benefits of wildlife habitat, pollinator support, and improved water quality.

Wlodarczyk, Jackson Meadow, Marine-on-St. Croix (2015)

Jackson Meadows, Marine on St. Croix, MN (Holley Wlodarczyk, 2015)

Holley Wlodarczyk, Wild Ones member and student of suburban culture, will discuss her research on local changes in the aesthetics of landscaping. With examples from Washington County and the metro area, Holley will highlight native plant communities being installed in residential, commercial, and civic settings.

Join us for an inspiring look at the many ways our communities are “bringing nature home” — from adding pocket gardens in individual yards to extensive prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland restoration of entire neighborhoods, corporate campuses, and public parks.

Wlodarczyk, Reynolds Park, Bloomington (2015)

Reynolds Park, Bloomington, MN (Holley Wlodarczyk, 2015)

Our presenter, Holley Wlodarczyk, studies the visual culture of suburbia, with a special focus on changing environmental concerns, practices and media representation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society. Holley served as the historical consultant on the recent “Suburbia” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. She has published essays on suburban architecture, aesthetics, and popular culture. Please feel free to contact Holley at