Although developer William Levy plans to turn the vacant lot on State Street near the beach into a parking lot for his proposed Ritz-Carlton Club condos, several utopian landscapers have a backup plan in the works. Owen Dell – founder of Fossil-Free Landscaping – has spoken with city officials about creating a garden out of that land if Levy does not come up with the necessary funding for his time-share plan. The nine-month-old group convened at 125 State Street last week to begin designing a garden featuring fruits, fragrance, butterflies, an earthen tool shed, a solar-powered water feature, and a compost pile with local restaurants’ coffee grounds – all without the use of any fossil fuels. Most gardens rely heavily on fossil fuels, from plastic pipes to pesticides. Fossil-Free Landscaping makes its first public appearance during the Earth Day Festival.

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