Huntsville Botanical Garden Reduces Emissions and Costs

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Botanical Garden has lots of greenery with hundreds of different plants and flowers. Now the garden says it’s “going green.”

For more than a year, the garden has been working to create a greener environment, and not just with its foliage.

“As a garden, wanting to do the best for our biodiversity, we are really looking for ways to minimize our impact,” said Tracy Wallace, director of horticulture at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

The garden is switching from gas to battery-powered tools to maintain the grounds, apart from a few of their mowers. Wallace said, “as the technology improves in these, we’re definitely budgeting to make that transition.”

With 118 acres to tend, Wallace said it was important to think about every product, including fertilizers, when going from inorganic to organic about six months ago.

“The inorganic types tend to have a lot more impact on streams and so on, and the organic varieties have fewer nutrients,” Wallace explained. “They tend to go further with the mycorrhizal fungi in them. It was better for our factories and for the environment.

The organic fertilizer is made in the southeastern United States, so there are no supply chain issues during delivery – especially with some of the highest fuel costs the country has ever seen, as well than a 50% increase in traditional chemical fertilizers.

Exchanges for the Huntsville Botanical Garden are coming just in time.

“We’ve been blessed and blessed to make the change based on sustainability and actually reap the benefit of not having to pay the price increase,” Wallace concluded.

For those unlucky enough to work around fertilizer issues, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is trying to help. Amid rising costs, the USDA is offering $250 million in grants to support independent, sustainable fertilizer makers in the United States in an effort to boost American production.

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