Changing Ideas of Beauty

Who doesn’t love a field of flowers? Especially native forbs and grasses, where butterflies, moths, pollinators, birds and other beneficial insects eat and shelter. I find the infinite blooms and […]

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Gardening for Wildlife

Gardening for wildlife has never been more important! With as much as 52% of the world’s population of vertebrate species on decline, habitat loss is one of the greatest threats […]

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A Living Landscape

We are surrounded by many landscapes, but are they living? A house and garage expansion made way for this major site renovation, which includes a large edible garden with multiple […]

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Perennial Native Naturalizers

Plants grow in communities based on soils, exposure, climate and rarely stand alone. Yet, humans have the odd habit or aesthetic style of making shrubs green islands in a sea […]

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Why the Natives are Restless

We have discussed creating native areas, non-native invasive plants, and native naturalizers but why do native plants play such a key role in our landscapes and beyond? Perhaps the biggest […]

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Creating a Native Oasis

The Sutley Sanctuary is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, resting on 8 acres of many carefully planned phases of hardscape and landscape design and installation, all wrapped by the Benson Creek. […]

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Unraveling the Perplexing Language of Plant Names

“You say nativar, I say cultivar.” Native, cultivar, nativar, hybrids…let’s call the whole thing off! Actually, let’s start with the basics using a commonly known perennial as an example. The […]

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Pollinators Are Aflutter Over Annuals, Are You?

In 2020 we learned that the first Saturday in May is not necessarily Derby Day, and neither is it a guaranteed time to start planting annual beds and filling hanging […]

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