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5 Reasons to Shrink Your Lawn & Mow Less

While there are benefits to having a lawn there are 5 just as valuable benefits to shrink it and mow less. What's a Lawn Got...

What You Need To Know To Help Western Monarchs

Helping western monarch butterflies is more important than ever before. Recent counts of overwintering western monarchs have revealed that their population is now below endangered...

How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden

Looking for creative ways to attract pollinators to your garden?  Pollinators face a number of challenges, with habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change at...

Make Your Own Bee Friendly Garden in 5 Easy Steps

Create a bee friendly garden in just 5 easy steps. It was not a surprise but definitely a disappointment to read that bees have been...

Bee-Friendly Plants for your Garden

The best bee-friendly plants for your garden are a diversity of plants that bloom through the seasons and are chemical-free. Look to native plants,...

Grow a Better Pollinator Garden

  Flowers are the new black — they go with everything -- and the advent of the slow flower movement coupled with the revolution in...

9 Learnings from the Butterfly Waystation at Portland Head Lighthouse

  Somewhere along the way this summer, in between work and travel, I found myself here, at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I was happy to...

Eight Tips to Create a Butterfly Waystation

We've been lucky this year. The honeybees, bumbles and native bees are regular visitors to the garden, but to see a butterfly feels like...

Pollination Design

I was seven. It was my first summer living alone with my grandmother in the coastal foothills of Sonoma County, in the place I...

Five Friday Flowers

The ephemeral nature of a garden is a crazy, worldly reminder of something amazing. I love it. From one visit to the next, one...

Frenzied Foraging

The poppies have bloomed.  I have to say that they are suspiciously beautiful, in a way reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland character.  Strangely fascinating....

Pollinator Allure: Bumblebees & Native Plant Pollination

  A bumblebee forages on Squaw Carpet, Ceanothus prostratus. Squaw Carpet, also known as Mahala Mat, is one of the first native plants to flower...
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