Tree Canopy
Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape
Existing woodlands are high value carbon sinks and support a wide variety of creatures as well as capture and store rainwater

Creating Canopy: Plant a Native Tree for a Greener Future

by Heather McCargo

Planting a native tree is a powerful act that directly benefits local wildlife, moderates ground temperature, and helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Since the dawn of agriculture, people […]

American Pelecinid Wasp Pelecinus polyturator

Wasps in the Garden Ecosystem

by Reeser Manley

I am intimidated by the bald-faced hornets that forage nectar from raspberry blossoms and the yellow jackets that swarm over ripe blueberries, having experienced the stings of both. Yet each […]

New England Aster

The Beauty and Pollinator Benefits of Asters and Goldenrods

by Heather McCargo

Asters and goldenrods are some of New England’s most recognizable late season wildflowers. Asters range in colors from blue, purple, pink to white, and goldenrods have abundant yellow flower clusters. […]

Forest with missing pieces

Invasive Plants and Maine’s Ecological Puzzle

by Gary Fish

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 […]

Rose, coneflower, bee-balm, and milkweed ready for larger pots

Caring for your Native Seedlings

by Heather McCargo

How to grow them over the summer and plant into their permanent home in the fall You have successfully germinated some native seeds and have small pots or flats filled […]

Small flowering trees

Small Flowering Trees: A Dozen Native Species for Limited Spaces

by Heather McCargo

A small tree can bring beauty and diversity into your yard while taking up very little space. One could be planted next to your doorway, on the edge of a […]

Angelica

NATIVE GREENS: Grow these delicious edible vegetables in your own back yard

by Heather McCargo

Spring is a great time to taste some of Maine’s native plants that have edible leaves and shoots. Below are species that can be planted in your home landscape, transforming […]

buddleia

The Disconnect Between Garden Aesthetics and Local Ecology

by Curtis Jirsa

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 […]

Groundcover

Native Ground Covers for Beauty and Biodiversity at the Ground Level

by Heather McCargo

Groundcovers are low-growing plants that fill in quickly to make a dense carpet of foliage. Once established, they’ll crowd out weeds, provide year-round protection to the soil, and offer overwintering […]

trumpet honeysuckle

Growing Vertical with Native Vines: Climbing plants for fences, trellises and walls

by Heather McCargo

With their roots in the earth and their stems twining upward, vines are a great solution where ground space is limited but vertical space is available. Choose a native species […]

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