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Ornamental Grasses: 101

A workhorse in just about any landscape, ornamental grasses are as varied as the gardens they inhabit. They come in many sizes and shapes, from small clumps of carex at home in the shade to the towering, showy panicum that thrive in our summer heat and humidity. Ornamental grasses came into gardening vogue about 30 […]

Greenstreet GreenWalls: Bringing the outdoors indoors

Because nature makes us feel better By Kris Gilbertson If we could time travel back to the 1980s and 90s, we’d see that plants—lots of plants—were standard décor in large office buildings. By the turn of the century, this had gone away. Space limitations, the high price of footprint and plant services, even leaking containers […]

Landscape Design Your Outdoor Space, FREE

Online Platform Helps Citizen Scientists Transform Outdoor Space into Wildlife-Friendly Habitat Did you know that your front yard, office patio, or city park could provide important habitat for dozens of plants and animals? Today, The Nature Conservancy and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology launched Habitat Network, a free online citizen science platform that invites people […]

Garden Dirt: Growing Amazing Mazes

by Ray Greenstreet Pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple butter and corn mazes scream “fall on the farm.”  As agritourism continues to grow in popularity, so do corn mazes.  Our six-acre corn maze is the centerpiece of our wildly popular Fall Festival, and an average of 15,000 visitors per year– young and old alike – have tried […]

In the Dirt: Myrtle Magic

By Ray Greenstreet Crape myrtle. Or crepe myrtle. Or just myrtles. Or if you prefer Latin, lagerstroemia. By any name, its abundant blossoms are the bright spot in the July landscape. This all-American plant is actually a transplant, brought here in 1790 by Andre Michaux, a French botanist. On our shores, it was first planted […]

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