Naturalization vs Beautification 

  • the focus is aesthetic and more formal appearance
  • often uses exotic, non-native plant material
  • generally high in maintenance and water requirements
  • not designed to be kid-friendly
  • involves more irrigation and hard landscaping
  • uses native plant material well adapted to local climate conditions
  • requires little maintenance or water
  • provides habitat for local wildlife
  • promotes the return of natural ecosystems
  • provides valuable learning and play opportunities for children