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The Butternuts of Belfast

by Philip Crystal • September 6, 2016

Belfast, Maine is loaded with butternut—the tree, not the squash. Since moving back to Maine last fall, I have seen more mature butternuts here than during my years at Purdue conducting graduate studies on the species. A young butternut, barely . . . 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 »

IN THE SHADE: Gardening with Native Plants from the Woodland Understory 

by Heather McCargo • March 31, 2016

There are many beautiful and resilient plants from the woodland understory of eastern North America that can enliven – [ 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 »

Balcony gardens – Natives in pots for urbanites and people on the move

by Heather McCargo • January 28, 2016

My family lived in Barcelona a few years ago, and I was smitten with the ubiquitous Spanish balcony. Almost every urban apartment had one. They provided a much needed connection to the outdoors for apartment dwellers and a great view . . . Read More »

A Rain Garden at Your Downspout

by Heather McCargo • November 19, 2015

The torrential downpour that the Northeast experienced at the end of September was a clear reminder that we need to make our landscapes more absorbent of precipitation. Forests and meadows are able to absorb massive amounts of rainfall, slowing 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 »

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