Natural Garden Natives News & Events

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

Using Native Plants to Manage Water

By Carol Becker It rains hard and often in spring, and then we have big puddles, muddy gardens and soggy lawns. Then midsummer comes and the garden is dry and hot. The plants are gasping for water and the soil…

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Why Is Milkweed So Important?

By Carol BeckerMonarchs and milkweed. They go together like a horse and carriage! Every gardener knows this now because of the recent public media campaign to save the Monarch butterflies from extinction. Thanks to wonderful communication disseminated broadly by many…

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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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