Natural Garden Natives News & Events

Enjoy this collection of articles from previous Native newsletters, including many articles from native expert Trish Beckjord.

The Versatility of Carex

By Carol Becker Last season, I planted a Carex garden under the mature pin oak in my own front yard. Using plugs of Carex sprengelii planted roughly 18-24 inches on center, leaving some open spaces where I interspersed native plants…

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Time for the Spring Ephemerals

By Carol Becker Early spring is a very special time in the garden for me. As soon as the snow melts and the ground begins to warm up, I know I can look forward to seeing the very first native…

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Gardening With Intention

By Trish Beckjord Although I’ve been writing more about bees recently, I find I still don’t know them very well. Fortunately, my reading has at least made me more comfortable with having these little critters around so when I was…

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There’s Room at the Table

By Trish Beckjord I’ve always loved fall. There’s something about the turn of the seasons that I somehow feel deeply. I think it’s the subtly changing light that signals to me a different season approaches. Without kids in the house,…

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Oaktober’s Call to Arms!

By Trish Beckjord “To be standing together in a frosty field, looking up into the sky, marvelling at birds and revelling in the natural world around us, was a simple miracle. And I wondered why we were so rarely able…

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The Hands of Winter

By Trish Beckjord Through the quiet lake and river, frozen fingers send a shiver.  Reaching outward with aggression, winters hands now take possession.  – Excerpt from The Hands of Winter by Mark Hayes and John Parker, Heritage Music Press  It seems winter…

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A Life Lesson

By Trish Beckjord As we reach December and the holiday season, I always want to write of health, joy, love and hope. And I wish each and every one of you all of those things for these past months and…

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Walk Like A Penguin…

By Trish Beckjord I’ve been doing a lot of learning about salt recently. Not dietary salt actually, but road salt. Alias, rock salt, dry salt, de-icing salt… It’s all the same thing – sort of… I took this on for…

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Consider Your Garden A Life Raft

By Trish Beckjord Last October I wrote about the worrying decline in the populations of a number of North American bird species. Now Science has just published the results of a study earlier this month that looked at climate change…

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