Pollinators of Native Plants with Heather Holm

I received with joy my copy of the new book Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm, a contributing author for my team blog Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. I had the opportunity to ask several questions about how we can easily start to attract more native pollinators to our gardens, and you can read that at Why […]

Restoring the Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch Butterfly has been much in the news lately as we receive the devastating news that the current wintering population in Mexico is at all time low. There are many reasons for this decline in Monarch Butterflies: Current agricultural practice Genetically modified crops Pesticide use Loss of habitat Destruction of larval host plant by […]

Ice Storm Woes

An ice storm can create beautiful ice sculptures in your wildlife garden–as long as you don’t have to drive in one. But there are also dangers for you, your garden, and the wildlife that makes their home there. It’s been an odd winter weather year in my wildlife garden this winter. We had an abundance […]

Native Plant Certificate Programs

While I was recently preparing for my two-day intensive workshop on Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife as part of the faculty for the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, I got to wondering if other similar programs were offered at other places around the country. I’ve been very […]

Native Plant Societies in North America

Native Plant Societies are located in every state in the US and across Canada. There is a comprehensive list of native plant resources for each state in North America, but listed here is a quick resource guide to each native plant society by state. These organizations are made up of passionate and knowledgeable people who […]

Master Naturalist Programs by State

Master Naturalists are trained to be stewards of our natural environment and to teach these skills to others. Almost every state in the United States has a Master Naturalist Program, often developed in conjunction with Universities and County Extension offices. These programs are similar to the Master Gardeners Programs around the country. Enrollees receive many […]

On the Faculty at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in June

I’m so happy that I’ll be joining the faculty again this year for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture. This 2-day intensive course will occur on June 17 & 18, 2014 in the beautiful LEED Platinum Bosarge Family Education Center and also on the grounds of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. As […]

Keynote Address CT Master Gardener Symposium

I’m so pleased to announce that I’ll be giving the Keynote Address at the Connecticut Master Gardener Symposium at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT March 15, 2014. The Theme for the 2014 CT Master Gardener Symposium is “Lessons in Horticultural Diversity” As reported in the newspaper, The Courant: Want to maximize your garden? Shady areas, attracting wildlife, rain […]

Finding Hedwig

Want to see Harry Potter’s Owl? There’s a really good chance you can this winter. Snowy Owls are having a significant irruption this winter, with sightings of these beautiful birds being reported all over the northeast, from as far south as Florida and across the midwest. And seeing a Snowy Owl is one of the most fun winter birding […]

Remembering The Call of the Owl

This morning I stood in my wildlife garden listening to the calls of the nearby Eastern Screech Owl, remembering the Great Horned Owl pair who were calling back and forth to each other early in the morning two years ago the day my mom passed away. I soaked in the warmth of the sun on my face […]

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