Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

The Gardener’s Dilemma: Wild-type Plants or Nativars?

by Mark Richardson

The answer lies in genetic diversity. *This article was originally published in Wild Seed magazine Volume 3, pp.  14-17. A spring trip to a garden center to seek out new […]

Return of the Meadow

How to Create a Meadow

by Heather McCargo

Meadows are beautiful dynamic habitats with rich populations of plants and animals, and unfortunately, they have been reduced substantially in the last 50 years. Contributing to their decline is the […]

Plants at a nursery

Navigating the Nurseries: How to Find Native Plants

by Heather McCargo

Finding native 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 […]

What is Rewilding?

What Is Rewilding?

by Heather McCargo and Anna Fialkoff

The term rewilding first appeared in the conservation world in the 1980s with a continental-scale vision to protect large tracts of wilderness and connect these areas with migration corridors. Biologists […]

Lillian Harris and her husband Daniel Hildreth at their rewilded home in coastal Maine.

Rewilding is Good for Our Mental Health

by Lillian Harris

We know that rewilding is good for nature. Reducing lawn size, allowing leaves to collect, and letting native plant species dominate are some of the things we can do to […]

Slow gardening illustration

Leave the Leaves!

by Anna Fialkoff

Rethink Garden “Clean Up” While planting native plants is an essential step toward creating habitat, how we manage our plantings will determine whether we can sustain and support the life-cycles […]


Spring “Cleanup” in the Meadow

by Gregg Raymond

We share our meadow with many living things, and we do our best to keep them happy. Each fall, we leave the dead stems and seedpods standing to provide winter […]

Ripe elderberries

Staying Healthy with Native Plants: Elderberry Shrub

by Michelle Smith

By now, many of us have heard about the wonderful health benefits of elderberries – they are high in antioxidants, vitamins C and B6, and support overall immune health. It […]

FERNS: Ancient Plants for 21st Century Landscapes

by Heather McCargo

Ferns are ancient plants whose ancestors first appeared on Earth over 300 million years ago. Members of a division of primitive plants called Pteridophytes, ferns are one of the earth’s […]

Black-eyed coneflower

HELLSTRIP PLANTINGS: Creating habitat in the space between the sidewalk and the curb

by Heather McCargo

Urban environments are dominated by pavement, the bane of most living things. One area ripe for community greening is the hellstrip—the narrow space between the sidewalk and street curb. Sometimes […]

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