Lexington Living Landscapes

A Program to Promote Sustainable Landscapes in Lexington, Massachusetts

Program overview

This program is a collaboration among Sustainable Lexington, Lexington Field and Garden Club, Lexington Climate Action Network, and Citizens for Lexington Conservation to promote, encourage, and support sustainable landscaping on private and public lands in Lexington. 

Global warming, land-use change, and our widespread use of chemicals are having an increasingly clear impact on our health and environment. Slowing or reversing these trends and ameliorating their impacts will obviously require a multi-pronged approach. In a suburban community like Lexington, how we manage our landscape – our lawns, gardens, parks, and other open spaces – is one way we can make a difference. Individually and collectively, we have an opportunity to adopt practices that can make the town a healthier, more environmentally friendly, and more resilient place to live.

Program Focus areas

Planting of native plants (especially those that support pollinators and other wildlife), control of invasive species, and adoption of more wildlife-friendly cultural landscaping practices to improve the health and resilience of nature in Lexington.

Minimizing the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins in our yards and other landscaped spaces to minimize the impact on public health and natural systems.

Improving our tree canopy to cool our neighborhoods in summer, improve air and water quality, promote water infiltration, and provide habitat for wildlife--particularly in the context of accelerating climate change.

Program descriptions and educational resources can be found in our

Events, Ongoing Projects, and Resources for Homeowners tabs.

all photos on this website, except where noted, were taken right here in Lexington

Volunteer Opportunities

We are an all-volunteer organization, and there is so much to do. With your help, we can accomplish more in educating, illustrating, and advocating for more sustainable landscaping in Lexington. To learn more, please see our Volunteering page.

Steering Committee

Charlie Wyman, chair

Sara Bothwell Allen, secretary/treasurer

Archana Dayalu

Marcia Gens

Greta Ljung

Pamela Lyons

Rita Pandey

Ricki Pappo

Ellan Siegel

Contact us

email: lexlivingland@gmail.com