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Rock gardening: What you need to know about soil acidity and alkalinity

February 16, 2017

With this excerpt from Joseph Tychonievich’s Rock Gardening, you can decode the acidity of your soil to pick the best plants for your plot.

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The Midwest spirit of place

February 7, 2017

How do you define the spirit of the Midwest? In this excerpt from Native Plants of the Midwest, Alan Branhagen captures the spirit of this unique region in rich prose that is equally informative and beautiful: “It’s the blend between the verdant lush forests of the Appalachians on the east and the dry, short grasses of the Great […]

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5 strange and beautiful plants found in steppes

November 4, 2016

What do you call the semi-arid landscapes that experience extreme temperatures and are home to distinct, uniquely robust forbs, grasses, and grass-like species? “Steppes” occupy enormous areas on four continents but are some of the least-studied ecosystems on the planet. Here are five of the strangest and most beautiful plants native to these regions and […]

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Where to witness must-see wildlife spectacles

October 25, 2016

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7 tips for the best bird migration sightings

October 20, 2016

Almost all North American birds migrate every year. For some, the migration is less than a mile long, but most have to embark on a long, exhausting, increasingly dangerous exodus spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles. Here are some of the best tips and tricks for catching a glimpse of these astonishing migrations found in Vladimir Dinet’s Wildlife […]

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Recipes to “fall back” on

October 20, 2016

In November we “fall back,” gaining an hour of daylight  back to wrap up our fall harvests and put our gardens to bed. Here are some of our favorite Timber Press recipes for using those late summer and autumn harvests to their fullest potential:

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Growing Carnivorous Plants Outside

October 13, 2016

With the wit and wisdom of one of the UK’s biggest garden celebrities, Carnivorous Plants helps home gardeners being these carnivorous, trendy oddities out of greenhouses and windowsills and into the year-round garden.

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Ten bird facts to impress your biology class: For students, teachers, and nature buffs

October 5, 2016
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Apple-picking season: What to reach for

October 4, 2016

Whether you’re heading out to the local u-pick farm, maintaining your home orchard, or making plans to plant your first apple trees, Tom Burford’s guide, Apples of North America, is a must-have, especially in fall. Here are some of the best varieties for planting and picking this season:

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The early life of Ruth Bancroft: The woman who inspired the Garden Conservancy

October 4, 2016

Like so many of us, Ruth Bancroft started life as an inquisitive child with a love of nature. Through her work at the iconic Ruth Bancroft Garden, she shaped the world of landscaping with a waterwise collage of colors and textures that proves a well-curated dry garden never goes out of style.

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