ST. KATERI HABITATS AND PARKS

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

“The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant’s heart on the hillside. For them the earth is not exploitable ground but living mother.”

–James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922

I first learned of Bill Jacobs, founder of the Saint Kateri Conservation Center, through a 2021 NYT article entitled “Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns).”

Jacobs lives on a third of an acre in Wading River, N.Y., on Long Island, and his home is surrounded by “a thicket of flowers, bushes and brambles” that his neighbors have come to see as the bane of their existence.  

He’s purposefully planted his yard with flowers, shrubs and trees, mostly (though not exclusively) native, and allowed them to erupt into a “riot of flora” that provides habitat for migrating birds butterflies, and bees. His neighbors prefer water-guzzling lawns mowed to military precision and landscaped by Home Depot.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

2 Replies to “ST. KATERI HABITATS AND PARKS”

  1. That Bill Jacobs is truly on to something! (Which, incidentally, makes me think of your beloved garden you left as well. Any update on it, and how inclined are you to make something there in Tucson?) Thank you, as ever, for pointing us in a Godly direction.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Good question, Angeela–yes, there was a ready-made garden of sorts here in Tucson–I brought a ton of container plants, so the front, back and side yards are slowly shaping up, or rather I’m putting my stamp on them. Not the same as the carte blanche I had in Pasadena–since leaving, I have not been moved to check up or look back, for a variety of reasons. I prefer to remember the garden as I created it and as it was–a massive labor of love that will continue to flower in me. And yes to Bill Jacobs–what a guy!! Thanks so much–

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