Coming Home: Building a Green Dream Home

Natural Home & Garden publisher Linda Ligon and her husband settle into their dream home.

Native buffalo grass grows profusely on the 1.5 acres that surround the Ligon house. Rainwater captured from the home’s roof runs through an underground pipe to a pond that’s becoming a local wildlife sanctuary. Wanting a more woodsy feel to the land, Thomas and Linda planted trees along the north side to protect the house from winter winds and to the south to screen out views of neighbors’ houses. The trees also provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.