Landscape for Life

Landscape For Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. SITES™ is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations. Landscape For Life is a collaboration between the USBG and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden is proud to support this sustainable initiative.

Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm or the common area of your condominium.

Gardens are a gift, providing backyard beauty, a pleasant atmosphere and often, food for the table.  It’s too bad that sometimes gardens unintentionally work against nature. They can damage the environment’s ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth – including us.

The good news is that each home garden can protect and restore the environmental, economic and human health benefits provided by nature. It’s possible to create a great-looking garden that’s healthier for you, your family, your pets and the environment – and that saves you time and money!

Getting Started

The Landscape for Life website contains a wealth of information on sustainable gardening to make it easy to transform your home garden into a beautiful and healthy refuge for you and your family.

The website has major sections on Getting Started, Soil, Water, Plants, Materials and Human Health. Each section includes helpful advice on gardening practices that take advantage of natural processes at work on your property.

To learn more about this program please contact Alexandra Torres.