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Invasive Plants and Maine’s Ecological Puzzle

by Gary Fish • July 31, 2017

What do plants like ‘Crimson King’ Norway maple, burning bush and Japanese barberry have in common? They are long-standing favorites in urban and suburban landscapes; they grow easily and they provide beautiful red or purple foliage all year long or . . . Read More »

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The Disconnect Between Garden Aesthetics and Local Ecology

by Curtis Jirsa • March 6, 2017

The horticulturist Alan Chadwick, according to his disciples, rebuked anyone caught weeding sow thistle (Sonchus) from his garden beds. “They’re all plants,” he once declared. “It’s just that, if a plant is growing where we don’t want it to grow, . . . Read More »

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Native Seed Bombs – Dispersing seeds with guerilla action

by Heather McCargo • October 3, 2016

There is something satisfying about the idea of tossing seeds of wild flowers or trees into an impoverished area with the hope that it will magically turn into a flowery meadow or forest. After all, seeds scatter in nature by . . . Read More »

Connecting Habitat in Portland: Creating corridors of native plants for urban biodiversity

by Heather McCargo • August 3, 2016

In urban areas, green spaces of natural habitat rapidly lose biodiversity if they exist in isolated patches. Many cities across the country and the world are working to promote corridors of native plants in an urban environment. Such contiguous arrays . . . Read More »

Flowers, pollinators and the sex lives of plants

by Heather McCargo • July 1, 2016

The warm, sunny days of midsummer are a great time to observe the many kinds of pollinators that visit flowers. In Maine, the pollinators include the ruby-throated hummingbird and a variety of insects, such as butterflies, moths, native bees (270+ . . . Read More »

Pop Up Parks and Parklets: Just Add Plants and Seating to Bring Nature and People Together in Urban Landscapes

by Jennifer Claster • June 1, 2016

Pop up parks and parklets are catching on as a way to create a mini-oasis in an urban or paved environment. All across the country and around the world in many different climates and situations, people are harnessing their ingenuity . . . Read More »

Navigating the nurseries: how to find native plants

by Heather McCargo • May 2, 2016

Finding plants to purchase can be challenging for native species enthusiasts. Small local growers of nursery stock have nearly disappeared, and today many nurseries purchase plants that have been propagated and grown somewhere else. More often than not, nurseries are . . . Read More »

MONARCHS AND MILKWEED: Creating a Landscape in Maine to Support Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinating Insects

by Heather McCargo • March 1, 2016

As we wait in hopeful anticipation for an increase in monarch butterfly populations, we can prepare for their arrival by planting native species that provide food and habitat for these beautiful creatures. Maine is at the northern edge of the . . . Read More »

Seed dispersal: growing the future landscape one seed at a time

by Heather McCargo • September 9, 2015

Toward the end of summer, the seeds of many native plants in Maine begin to ripen and disperse, even some that bloomed back in the spring. People are often surprised to hear how much time can pass between when a . . . Read More »

Where the Wild Things Are: Pink Lady Slipper Orchids and Poachers

by Heather McCargo • June 12, 2015

Some of our most beautiful native plants do not belong in our gardens. When you see them for sale in a nursery, they are more often than not dug from the wild. The most common species collected in the wild . . . Read More »

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