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Creating a Butterfly Garden

by Nadine Champlin, Landscape Designer, Owner of Prairie Place Designs, Sabetha, KS Design Consultant for Grimm’s Gardens,  Hiawatha, KS A Native American legend tells us:  “If you have a secret wish, find a butterfly and whisper your wish to it.  When you release the butterfly
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Insects: Pests, Pollinators, & Beneficials

Almost every day in our amazing world, I come across an insect I have not seen before. Usually, this is followed by excitement and the snapping of multiple photos with my camera. When I first started into horticulture, years ago, I had no idea the impact insects would have on my work
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Garden  Planning: Monarch Waystations

Last spring I went to a conference in Lawrence, KS and was inspired by Dr. Chip Taylor of KU’s biology department. In 2005, Dr. Taylor created a program to develop “Monarch Waystations” across the United States. The goal of the program is to educate the public on the importance of but
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Create a Nature Garden for Children

Every day I think about where my kids are going to play this summer when school gets out. When I was growing up I had acres of land to roam on, with no fear of traffic, or some neighbor spying on me, or all the dangers associated with today’s lifestyle. I had the garden, where my dad
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Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar on Blue False Indigo

Friend or Foe? Today we identified a caterpillar on our Baptisia or Blue False Indigo plants. This cute critter is known as a Genista Broom Month.  It gets its name from the Broom Plant, Genista, in which it feeds.  It is native to the United States and is prominent in the Southern U.
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