Warming winters, record heat, flooding, severe drought—we’ve all been witness to changing and challenging weather patterns that affect our outdoor living space. With more extreme weather events and rising average temperatures, what’s a gardener to do in the face of these ping-ponging weather patterns? We can escape to someplace else, but our well-tended gardens remain to bear the brunt of extreme weather events. Pollinator decline has been a red flag frantically waving before us.

We need to take a stronger ecological approach to gardening, transitioning our outdoor spaces toward a healthier ecosystem—one that is beneficial to all the creatures inhabiting it. Start from the ground up and address key areas of your backyard ecosystem with the Digital Edition of the Summer 2023 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.