As many of you know, in response to a recently published opinion piece, I've come under investigation by the Committee for the Restoration of American Plants (C.R.A.P.).

Let there be no question, I am here today to tell my supporters and detractors that I unequivocally confirm charges that I employ non-native plants liberally in nearly all of my landscape installations.

Many consider these non-natives to be threatening, invasive and noxious. I however, have found them to be hard working, dependable and eager to live alongside native plants. Those rare exceptions where non-natives have not worked out hardly prove a general rule.

We should embrace plant diversity and celebrate... wait, excuse me. There seems to be some individuals at my door...