• Late Season Nectar and Host Sources

    Host plants and nectar plants are vitally important late in the season: nectar to attract butterflies and other pollinators such as bees, and foliage ready to be eaten providing larval food for butterflies. Everyone loves to talk about nectar plants… Read More

  • Ostrich Fern-Dramatic Ground Cover for Shade

    Do you have a spot that is shady, damp, and has problems with erosion? Ostrich Ferns might be your solution. Fern Resurgence Ferns are enjoying a resurgence of interest and popularity recently, primarily because of fitting into older shady landscapes… Read More

  • Upcoming June Events

    We are delighted to be rubbing elbows with our friends at the Mother Earth News Fair, the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, and the Summer Solstice Faerie Festival in June! You can stop by our booths to purchase plants,… Read More

  • Blueberry Growing and Harvesting

    Native to most of eastern North America, Highbush Blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum, is a native plant that fits into both small and larger landscapes, providing multi-season interest. Hardy in USDA zones 5, 6, and 7, these attractive shrubs do well in… Read More

  • Native Plant Choices for Pollinators

    Declining Pollinators Many pollinator species have suffered serious declines in recent years because of a variety of factors; loss and fragmentation of habitat, pesticide use, and climate change. Unfortunately, most of our suburban and urban landscapes offer little in the… Read More

  • Urban Landscaping Using Native Plants

    Being a part of urban landscaping is very difficult for many plants. They have to contend with de-icing salt used in the winter, hot summers, and poor drainage because of the number of impervious surfaces that are present in our cities…. Read More

  • Planning and Building Your Rain Garden

    One way we can help the environment and enjoy gardening is by creating a rain garden (sometimes called a ‘storm water garden’) to assist with rainwater reabsorption in to the soil. The design is based around a deliberate depression, or… Read More

  • Converting Lawns in to Meadows

    It’s a familiar sign of success―a large, lush, green lawn, perfectly manicured even in the height of summer heat. Unfortunately, it’s not sustainable. Maintaining this kind of traditional landscaping requires gasoline (which pollutes the air), lots of labor (which is… Read More

  • Tips for New Gardeners

    So, you’re ready to start a garden! That’s great, we’re here with some advice for new gardeners, starting with, using lots of native plants to help support your local ecosystem and take some of the environmental strain off it. Here… Read More

  • Spring Planting and Planning Tips

    A lot of us are still feeling the effects of the wintry weather, but soon enough it will be spring. With some careful planning and by following our advice, you can optimize your planting of native plants in your garden!… Read More