Gardening for the Planet: Director Joanne Hershfield

Reduce Eco-Anxiety & Preserve Native Plant Species

Native plant gardening species on display in a climate resilient garrden

Hi, I’m Joanne Hershfield.

I’m a passionate documentary filmmaker with a deep commitment to environmental conservation. Today, I am thrilled to share with you the exciting journey I embarked on while creating my upcoming documentary, “Gardening for the Planet: How Native Plant Gardening can Improve Climate Change.”

This project explores the crucial role of native plant gardening in addressing climate change, conserving endangered native plants, insect species, and bird species, and promoting climate-resilient landscaping practices. Join me as we delve into the world of native plants and discover how they hold the key to a more sustainable future.

The Crisis of Endangered Native Plants

In my years of documentary filmmaking, I’ve witnessed the urgent need to protect our planet’s biodiversity. Endangered native plants have always been close to my heart. They’ve faced countless threats and are at the forefront of the environmental challenges we face today. I embarked on this project to tell their stories and shed light on the urgent need to protect and preserve their existence.

Saving the Pollinators Through Native Plant Gardening

One of the most captivating aspects of this project has been the opportunity to delve into the world of endangered insect species. These vital pollinators, including bees and butterflies, are the unsung heroes of our ecosystems. Through my lens, we explore their struggles and their incredible importance to our planet. Gardening with native plants, as I’ve come to discover, is not just an aesthetic choice; it is a powerful act of conservation that can save these valuable species from disappearing forever.

“With native plants Americans can have more beautiful yards without synthetic chemicals. Since these chemicals wash from our yards into our drinking water, this is one of the best ways to protect our water and our families’ health.

Diane Lewis, M.D. Author and Founder of the Great Healthy Yard Project

Birdsong in Peril: Endangered Bird Species

Birds have always held a special place in my heart, and their songs are a testament to the beauty of the natural world. Yet, many bird species are facing extinction. I’ve had the privilege of capturing their captivating beauty on film while witnessing the challenges they face. Native plant gardening, as our documentary shows, can serve as a lifeline for these birds, offering them the sustenance and habitat they require for nesting and foraging.

Climate Resilient & Native Plant Gardening

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Through my lens, I’ve explored the science behind climate-resilient gardening and the transformative impact it can have on our environment. Native plants, with their natural resilience to local climates, are a key element in reducing the environmental impact of our gardens and helping combat climate change.

I’ve tracked outdoor space changes, discovering eco-friendly lawn alternatives. Native plant gardening supports wildlife, and lessen a lawn’s impact. Our documentary highlights these transformations.

Native plant gardening plant

Restoring Native Plant Habitats Through Native Plant Gardening

Restoration has been a central theme in my work. Witnessing the positive impact of habitat restoration on biodiversity and climate resilience has been truly inspiring. Through my lens, you’ll see how the reestablishment of native plant gardening communities in our gardens and public spaces can contribute to the restoration of larger ecosystems.

As the director of “Gardening for the Planet: How Native Plant Gardening can Improve Climate Change,” this project has been a labor of love and a profound learning experience. It’s a testament to the power each one of us holds in our hands to combat climate change, protect endangered native plants, insects, and birds, and build a more sustainable future. I invite you to join me on this incredible journey and discover the beauty and significance of native plant gardening for our planet’s health and well-being. Together, we can make a difference, one garden at a time.

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Published by Perennial Films

I am a documentary filmmaker committed to social, economic, and environmental change. Explore my website to learn more about my previous projects - and my upcoming documentary: Gardening For The Planet

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