Just about the time you get the gardening urge for 2018, you can learn from Sage Advice! Carol Becker will be teaching a course February 9, 2018, entitled “Creating a Memorable Front Garden” at The Morton Arboretum. Join her for a three-hour morning class where you will learn to apply design principles to your entry […]
Planting a vegetable garden or a row of summer flowers gives kids even as young as 4 or 5 the chance to dig in the dirt, learn where food comes from and feel comfortable outdoors. To help our kids avoid having Nature Deficit Disorder, a documented problem these days, it’s best to start early!
From New Terrain, a newsletter of Ball Publishing: As many as 1.8 billion additional stems of milkweed plants in North America may return imperiled Monarch butterflies to a sustainable population size, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. Habitat plants in the Monarch’s Midwestern flyway are most important. “Milkweeds in corn and […]
Winter is a great time to re-assess what you are doing to promote sustainability in the environment. Every gardener can do this, and it doesn’t need to be hard. Here are a few things to think about for next year! Do you have a rain barrel? Do you compost in your yard? Are you returning […]
A butterfly garden doesn’t necessarily look like much when first planted, but see how it emerges to a stunning display by the third season! In this garden, the outstanding orange blossoms are butterfly weed, a favorite variety of milkweed.
We had the rare privilege of visiting recently with daylily expert Ann Redmon from Manhattan Kansas. Ms. Redmon has cross-bred many daylilies in her acerage to create new varieties, and has registered four of them. Pictured here is one of her registered lilies, called “Hannah Banana.” Daylilies are great in any garden. But remember, you […]
Native plants play a special role for pollinators in providing habitat for their own life cycle. We are all most familiar with the necessity of having milkweed available to support the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed to support the caterpillar that eventually becomes a Monarch butterfly. Other insects, including […]
If you want a lush lawn next year, start thinking about it now! No kidding, the fall – not spring — is really the appropriate time to begin your annual lawn care program, especially if you want to convert to a lush, chemical free plan. This is so because so many things that contribute to […]
Calycanthus is a native shrub with an unusual waxy flower that has a fruity scent. Wonderfully different.
Fothergilla is a spring-blooming shrub with very unusual blossoms (shown here). It grows well in both shade and sun, and is sure to get comments and compliments.