Michael Guttman – a longtime advocate of open-space preservation, community-based land stewardship, and environmental sustainability – is turning his 4.5-acre property in Kennett Township into a sanctuary for native plants and trees, writes Richard Gaw for the Chester County Press.
When he started to envision the project, Guttman knew that he had a good foundation already in place, thanks to the work performed by Allan “Buzz” Ferver, the property’s original landscape designer, over the past two decades.
To help with the project, Guttman turned to Sam Berry, who has worked with Guttman and his wife, Lynn Alison Wachman, for years. Berry will start by reassessing the whole landscape and doing an overview of the existing flora to tag non-native invasive plants that need replacing. He will also determine what native plants will be best-suited for individual microclimates and cultural conditions.
“Our ultimate goal here is not only to create a more dynamic landscape but also a more ecologically focused and sustainable landscape, modeled on a natural forest system in various states of succession, which requires minimal maintenance,” said Berry.
Read more about Michael Guttman’s efforts to turn his property into a nature sanctuary in the Chester County Press here.
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