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Useful tools to help you improve the health of your landscape


Chicago Botanic Garden Report: Joe-Pye Weeds & Their Relatives

Many of our great botanical gardens in the United States produce and publish research of value to home gardeners and landscape professionals. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s “Plant Evaluation Notes” is one example.  These reports can be very helpful in deciding which plants, particularly cultivars, to include in a landscape (with…

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“The Birder’s Handbook”

Whether you are an avid gardener or you simply enjoy the outdoors, then you probably have an appreciation of wild birds.  What better way to wake up in the morning than to the sweet song of a bird.  Who doesn’t love the feisty antics of a hummingbird, the boldness of…

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List of Bee-Friendly Native Perennials

It’s the 8th annual National Pollinator Week, so why not get busy planting some bee-friendly native perennials?  Here’s a list to help you along.  Don’t forget to plant for a succession of bloom from spring through fall, even through winter in warmer climates. from Kim Eierman at EcoBeneficial!

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Pollinators of Native Plants

When you talk about pollinators, most Americans think “honey bees.”  While honey bees are important pollinators and producers of that magical golden liquid, our native pollinators are essential to our environment. We have quite an array of native pollinators including:  bees, flies, wasps, beetles, butterflies and moths, all contributing to…

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“Wild Ones”

Native landscaping has become popular once again, but it is not a new concept.  A great organization which has supported native plants and ecological landscapes for 35 years is Wild Ones.  It is the only national environmental education not-for-profit organization in the USA and has over 50 chapters, in nearly…

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North American Butterfly Association

If you love butterflies, and who doesn’t, then click on over to the website for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).  NABA is a non-profit, membership-based organization formed in 1992 to increase the public enjoyment and protection of butterflies.  We have all heard about the trouble that Monarch butterflies are…

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