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Jari Niemelä, Jürgen H. Breuste, Thomas Elmqvist, Glenn Guntenspergen, Philip James, and Nancy E. McIntyre

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.001.0001

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Potemkin Gardens: Biodiversity in Small Designed Landscapes

Potemkin Gardens: Biodiversity in Small Designed Landscapes

(p.85) Chapter 2.2 Potemkin Gardens: Biodiversity in Small Designed Landscapes
Urban Ecology

Martin F. Quigley

Oxford University Press

Although species diversity may be a useful shorthand for addressing ecosystem health and function in relatively circumscribed areas, plant species richness and its effect in small designed landscapes in an urban matrix are not easily quantified. Functional and structural diversity at higher taxonomic levels are more appropriate measures for assessing diversity. Even when horticultural layouts include both remnant native species and appropriate introduced species, urban gardens do not contribute significantly to ecosystem function in cities or suburbs.

Keywords:   designed landscapes, urban gardens, functional diversity, species diversity, horticulture

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