Hometown Habitat: Documentary highlights the importance of native plants

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Directed by Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography and independent documentary filmmaker, the film features community habitat landscaping projects that use native plants to support the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Catherine Zimmerman spent two years traveling around the US to visit “hometown habitat heroes” and film their inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Topics in the film include water conservation, the Habitat Hero Program, changes in the horticultural industry, environmental art, sustainable practices, and more.

Through its profile of seven hometown habitats, the advantages of landscaping with native plants are explored in the documentary. For example, native species generally don’t require pesticides, they thrive on naturally available water, and are preferred by native birds and pollinators.

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home shares these success stories and works-in-progress in the hope of inspiring viewers to support and create their own habitats for wildlife, showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.

The film also answers questions about how to start native plant gardens, how to maintain their beauty, and why these spaces are important for native wildlife.

The documentary was produced by The Meadow Project, ,whose mission is to educate and raise awareness about sustainable, native, healthy, easy and affordable land care practices that support wildlife and human life.

The Meadow Project

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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