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Odd Looking Caterpillar Becomes Beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly

Yellow giant swallowtail butterfly on pink phlox

One of the things to do while stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, is to look for caterpillars and butterflies in your landscape. I’ve noticed giant swallowtail butterflies (Papilio cresphontes) a little early this year. The giant… Read More

The Virus was First Discovered in Plants

Tobacco mosaic virus on tomato leaf

Did you know that the first virus discovered was in plants, not in humans? As early as 1857, tobacco farmers in the Netherlands recognized a new disease of tobacco. It wasn’t called a virus at the time as… Read More

Low Maintenance by Design Landscape Lecture

It is possible to create a landscape that is impossible to maintain. A landscape should be aesthetically pleasing, functional and maintainable. A pleasing, low maintenance landscape requires some planning and some thought put into correct plant selection and… Read More