An­other fan of al­lergy-friendly plants

The Tribune (SLO) - - Opinion -

I read the re­cent Liz and Dan Krieger “Times Past” ar­ti­cle about al­ler­gies and trees with great in­ter­est. I live in An­caster, Ontario, in­the Toronto area of Canada. Here we al­ready have two dis­trict school boards that have com­mit­ted to al­lergy-friendly land­scap­ing. No male clonal, na­tive or non­na­tive, pollen-pro­duc­ing, asthma-caus­ing shrubs and trees in the school­yard.

We have the first “Brav­ery Park” in Orangeville, Ontario and an­other in Prince Ge­orge, British Columbia . Each one is ded­i­cated to the brave and coura­geous sol­diers who served in Afghanistan.

These “Brav­ery Parks” are planted with al­ler­gyfriendly plants, shrubs and trees.

I am a re­tired ed­u­ca­tor and hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, and I want to see all schools us­ing al­lergy-friendly land­scap­ing. It makes no sense at all to plant al­ler­genic shrubs and trees where our chil­dren go to school.

San Luis Obispo, which is the home to Tom Ogren, who did this im­pres­sive in­ter­na­tional known re­search, should be set­ting an ex­am­ple for all of California, in­deed for all of the USA and Canada and Euro­pean coun­tries. – Peter Prakke, Ontario, Canada

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