Who We Are

Ian McNay in a tree

We are a growing community in Atlanta, GA empowering people to ask meaningful questions, create sustainable solutions, and bring communities together through acts of responsible gardening.

Through this blog, we hope to share valuable information, spark creativity, provide encouragement, and promote access to local resources that may help you on your journey.

If you have questions, please ask. If you have knowledge, please share. We’re looking forward to getting to know you.

Ian McNay, Founder

After 5 years of performing repetitive landscape installation and maintenance practices that often don’t make sense practically or ecologically, I decided to break away from the mold and search for a deeper understanding of how our traditional landscape practices affect us as individuals and affect the greater community of living things all around us. I began searching for ways to become more connected to the web of life that makes up our communities, and I began seeking better practices for creating more sustainable, vibrant landscapes throughout our neighborhoods. 

Now, 3 years into that process I couldn’t be more grateful for the people I’ve met and the knowledge I’ve acquired so far. This process has ignited an ever evolving desire to become more aware, more active, and more vocal about reconnecting with the natural plants and communities all around us and becoming a bigger contributor to positive growth in our communities. 

Lillie Kline, Independent Consultant

Lillie specializes in ecological design and wildlife-friendly gardening, bringing native plant and animal communities to your own backyard. She earned her MS in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan and has worked for Atlanta Audubon Society and Trees Atlanta restoring habitat. Lillie’s major projects include The “Exhibitat” in Piedmont Park and two demonstration gardens in Washington Park. Her favorite plant in her thriving container garden is Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), a tall, sun-loving Piedmont native with interesting spiky flower structures that is great for pollinators. In her spare time, Lillie enjoys baking cakes, rock climbing, birdwatching, and hiking with her rescue dog Ernie. 

2 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Hello,
    I have a small strip of dirt (maybe 2’x80′) in my yard between a retaining wall and curb. The wall is west facing. I’m wondering what native species would be good to plant in such a constrained space.

    1. Hey Erik, if you’re located in the southeast you could try something like Helianthus debilis (Beach Sunflower). Likes sandy or well drained soil, is pretty drought tolerant and attracts a variety of birds and butterflies. If you want to discuss ideas further, feel free to send me an email: ian(at)atlnativescapes.com. Thanks for your question.

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