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Prairie Grasses in Late Fall

Prairie Grasses By December, the flowers of herbaceous plants have all faded and the leaves of woody plants have fallen.  But the landscape is not barren: some may think this is the most beautiful time of year.  Why is that?  Prairie grasses come into prominence, creating stunning pictures. Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is one of […]


Four for Early Summer     In my mind, summer begins with the blooming of Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) in early June.  Its flowers are arranged in a flat-topped corymb that  blooms at the top of 1 1/2 to 4’ tall stems, evocative of the flat prairie from where it comes.   It puts on […]

Geneva River Park Redux

Geneva River Park Redux I last wrote about the Geneva River Park in February and several of you asked about its history. Its story appears below and I hope you will take the time to visit it. River Park of Geneva River Park of Geneva grew out of Mary Zaander’s letter to a local newspaper […]