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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

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 »

Plants at a nursery

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 ]

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 »

A collection of native shrubs for Maine summer gardens

by Heather McCargo • August 12, 2015

People frequently ask me for native plant suggestions for their summer gardens. Below are some recommendations for shrubs that will provide a lot of visual interest in the form of beautiful flowers or fruits, as well as food and habitat . . . Read More »

Making a Beeline Through Portland

by Heather McCargo • February 27, 2015

Habitat Corridors for Pollinating Insects: Bees and butterflies are getting a lot of attention these days, now that they are in severe decline. Our whole ecosystem, including many food crops, depends on them.

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