What are Phragmites and why are they a Problem?

Non-native Phragmites, also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that displaces native plant and animal species. Invasive Phragmites is one of the most widespread plants on Earth and is found worldwide. In the U.S. it grows in the eastern states particularly along the Atlantic Coast and increasingly across the Midwest and…

Even invasive species can be beautiful

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is one of the world's worst aquatic weeds. It is characterized by rapid growth rate, extensive reproductive output and broad environmental resistance. It creates dense mats of vegetation that restrict oxygen in water, causing deterioration in water quality, fish mortality and declining biodiversity. A healthy acre of the plant can weigh…

I dream of rain, I dream of gardens in the desert sand – Desert Rose

"Water is the true wealth in a dry land." --U.S. author Wallance Stegner, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian The Desert Rose is not a real rose, or a member of the rosaceae family, but a spectacular succulent! It is sometimes called the Elephant's Foot because its trunks swell to store water from summer rains to last…

Where would we bee without pollinators?!

Did you know that pollinators make 75% of our food crops possible? Globally, about 1,000 plants we depend on for food need to be pollinated by bees, butterflies, ants, hummingbirds, bats and other small animals. June 16-22, 2014 is National Pollinator Week. Find out what ecoregion you live in for a pollinator friendly planting guide.…

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. -Aristotle