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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

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 »

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 – [ 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 »

Managing Meadows and Lawns for Beauty and Biodiversity

by Heather McCargo • June 26, 2015

MEADOWS In the summertime, meadows are buzzing with life. Vegetation is tall and verdant, many species of flowering plants are blooming, and sex and child rearing are in full swing among plants and animals. A meadow is a rich habitat . . . 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 »

Sowing Maine’s Future

by Heather McCargo • January 22, 2015

The impact of people can be seen everywhere, even in the wildest parts of Maine. In the southern and coastal regions, what was once a mostly forested landscape inhabited by the first Americans soon became the agricultural and logged landscape . . . Read More »

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