Catherine Zimmerman (The Meadow Project) has teamed up with Doug Tallamy, PhD and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council to produce a new film on native plants called Hometown Habitat! The Meadow Project and CCLC missions’ promote the principles of conservation landscaping and expand the practice of conservation landscaping throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Our hope is that the production of Hometown Habitat will further expand our missions beyond the Chesapeake Bay, to the entire country!

Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Entomologist Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures, on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss provides the narrative thread throughout Hometown Habitat. The message: “We can change the notion that humans are here and nature is some place else. It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth.

Donating funds to make this documentary film possible was the right thing to do. It's important work, and what better way to convey the message about native plants, pollinators and larval foods than by seeing the relationship first hand. Surely, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a movie is worth a million~ Steve Castorani
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Award winning director, Catherine Zimmerman, and film crew journey across the country to visit Hometown Habitat Heroes, people - young and old of various races and creeds - who are reversing detrimental impacts on the land and in the water of major U.S. watersheds, one garden at a time. They wind their way through the watersheds of Florida, the prairies of the Mississippi River Basin, the streams and rivers of the Rocky Mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes and Columbia River to share success stories and works-in-progress that celebrate conservation landscaping that re-awakens and redefines our relationship with Nature.

Along with the everyday Hometown Heroes, we meet ecologists, entomologists and other experts who will share the science behind how today's 'native-plants-know- best' enthusiasts, landscape architects and conservation groups are helping 20th century-minded city planners, businesses and developers appreciate the myriad 21st century benefits of low-maintenance, seasonally-dynamic and eco-healthy landscape installations, that respect Nature's original best practices.

Spring Into Action!

March 17th, 2015

Blooming soon! Amelanchier Canadensis (Serviceberry) Catherine B. Zimmerman

    Spring is almost here and the Hometown Habitat crew is about to hit the road again to wrap up filming by the end of June. If you haven’t been following our journey, Hometown Habitat is a film that educates about the critical role native plants play in the survival and vitality of local Read more…

Habitat Hero Update

November 29th, 2014

Since 2011, Todd Crail and his Toledo University, student army of Habitat Heros, have hand cleared invasive Buckthorn from Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve. Using only loppers and saws they helped restore 20 acres of prairie in by-monthly Department of Environmental Sciences Service Learning days.

The holidays are upon us and the Hometown Habitat team wants to express our gratitude to our followers and supporters! Educating people to include native plants in their landscapes is our mission. Whether it is city planning departments, town councils, churches, schools, landscape designers or individuals, people all over the country are embracing this important Read more…

A Tree Grows in…

November 10th, 2014

Rebecca decided planting trees in Rebecca, one of the thousands of volunteers helping to make it possible to reach the planting goal of one million trees!

The light is fading as we cruise down Interstate 95, on our way home to Maryland, after a week of filming in New York City for Hometown Habitat. What an unexpected story we travel to tell of the growing tree canopy in New York City’s five boroughs. My imprinted image of the city is asphalt, Read more…