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Native Plant Solutions

In a world where we are so often focused on problems, what a pleasure it is to discover solutions, especially solutions provided by native plants. This spot, once a source of many problems, is now an ecologically functional wetland providing habitat for plants and wildlife, and a learning laboratory for students of a Title One elementary school in Arlington, Virginia. In a testament to the power of perseverance, the combined efforts of many individuals and agencies lead to a serendipitous … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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It’s Showtime!

Time to gear up! Drum up new business! Connect with existing clients and contractors! Fun...yes. Exhausting...yes. As many of you in the industry probably know, staffing a booth at a show is mentally and physically exhausting. Behind perceived vibrant faces trying to engage you in a … [Read More...]

Even winged sumac (Rhus copallinum) shows it has heart

Love is In the Air in My Native Plant Garden

It’s that time of year!  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day 2015, so I thought I would share the annual lovefest in my garden.  I attribute my many reproducing critters to having the host plants they need to survive. They are the native plants that grace my wildlife garden.  A different kind of love … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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Falling in Love Harder

Have you had your heart broken in the garden? I’m not talking about human love – not teddy-bear-chocolates Valentine’s Day love that's momentary and overly sweet. No, I’m talking total and complete breaking open to a moment or experience. Maybe you had it in a woodland or prairie, or on the ocean or … [Read More...]

Mile-a-minute devouring trees
© Beatriz Moisset

Biocontrols. Fighting Fire with Fire

What to do when an introduced species, be it a plant or insect, gets so out of control that eradication seems impossible? This is a serious consideration. We see it happens again and again. Many species are so entrenched that all efforts seem futile, from the most ecologically benign, such as … [Read More...]

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Less Honey Bee, More Native Bee

Stop with the honey bee talk. Every day I come across a half dozen new articles on the plight of the European honey bee -- it's become sheer agony for me. Frankly, even though neonics and glyphosate and modern farming techniques play a key role in honey bee loss (among many other life forms), I … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

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Water in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Wildlife needs are pretty basic: food, cover, and water. Posts at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens often address FOOD in the way of native nectar plants and native berry-producing plants. I’ve had fun addressing COVER: how you can help birds and other wildlife avoid becoming a predator’s next … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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L1240024

Native Plant Solutions

In a world where we are so often focused on problems, what a pleasure it is to discover solutions, especially solutions provided by native plants. This spot, once a source of many problems, is now an ecologically functional wetland providing habitat for plants and wildlife, and a learning laboratory … [Read More...]

monarch

It’s Showtime!

Time to gear up! Drum up new business! Connect with existing clients and contractors! Fun...yes. Exhausting...yes. As many of you in the industry probably know, staffing a booth at a show is mentally and physically exhausting. Behind perceived vibrant faces trying to engage you in a … [Read More...]

Even winged sumac (Rhus copallinum) shows it has heart

Love is In the Air in My Native Plant Garden

It’s that time of year!  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day 2015, so I thought I would share the annual lovefest in my garden.  I attribute my many reproducing critters to having the host plants they need to survive. They are the native plants that grace my wildlife garden.  A different kind of love … [Read More...]

wake us

Falling in Love Harder

Have you had your heart broken in the garden? I’m not talking about human love – not teddy-bear-chocolates Valentine’s Day love that's momentary and overly sweet. No, I’m talking total and complete breaking open to a moment or experience. Maybe you had it in a woodland or prairie, or on the ocean or … [Read More...]

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Where can I get native plants?

Seems like it should be easy, but trying to obtain native plants for your garden can be frustrating. You may be tempted to transplant native plants from the wild.  While the idea of acquiring native species from your local area is applaudable, digging from the wild:  depletes … [Read More...]

Mile-a-minute devouring trees
© Beatriz Moisset

Biocontrols. Fighting Fire with Fire

What to do when an introduced species, be it a plant or insect, gets so out of control that eradication seems impossible? This is a serious consideration. We see it happens again and again. Many species are so entrenched that all efforts seem futile, from the most ecologically benign, such as … [Read More...]

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Thinking About Fruit and Fragrance

When we purchased our home last year, the front southwest corner had overgrown evergreens that poked into the path. The trunks had fallen over and they were growing nearly horizontally, obviously too large for the space under a big Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodora). Surrounding it all was a thick carpet … [Read More...]