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Value of Landscapes In Action

Our state initiative, Value of Landscapes, utilizes horticulture and landscaping to enhance community development and economic growth. We don’t claim to be economic development authorities, but we do know that gardens and landscaping can have profound economic impacts, such as:

  • higher property values
  • faster home sales
  • reduced crime
  • increased sales for businesses

Some samples of projects that fall under this initiative are included in this table from the Volunteerism Guide:

Our projects endeavor to create appreciation of and recognition for plants and the tended landscape. Many MGEV hours are reported in this area, as we shared in an earlier Trellis post. When we are educating others about the Value of Landscapes, it looks like this:

  • partnering with Habitat for Humanity to teach new homeowners how to select, install, and care for their new landscapes
  • guiding the renovation process for community landscaped spaces by teaching about plant selection and care
  • organizing a plant show and encouraging novice and experienced plantspeople to display their accomplishments
  • mentoring community groups, adult and youth, to plant and tend tree plantings and public garden spaces
  • leading garden tours with strong education components

When we extend this education through our projects and activities, we can expect results! In time, we’ll observe communities where landscapes are treasured and public garden space is plentiful. We’ll be part of thriving communities where people are proud to live.

This Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’ sample was cut and placed on display at a plant show during the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference in Portland, Oregon.
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About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.