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Signs of Early Spring

Signs of Early Spring Winter Aconite (Eranthus hymelis) is in full bloom.  It is native to Europe, but it came along to this garden via a Red Trillium I transplanted from my old garden.  A member of the buttercup family, its golden cups are the earliest perennial to bloom in our area, sometimes as early […]

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Why Plant Native Plants?

WHY PLANT NATIVE PLANTS?   Native Midwestern plants are sustainable.  They are well-suited to the climate and soil conditions of the area where they are found naturally–they are grown successfully with little effort.  They are adapted to extreme temperatures, blustery winds, and intense sunlight.   They are drought-resistant–once established, after 2-3 years, they need no […]

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Swan Neighborhood Vegetated Swale Update This is a photo taken by Management Analyst and Sustainability Grant Coordinator Aaron Cosentino of a recent rainstorm where you can clearly see the rainwater entering into the Vegetated Swale. The Vegetated Swales in my neighborhood are doing what they were designed to do: direct and infiltrate the rain water […]

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