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Native Plants
Does One Yard Make a Difference? —By Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D.
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Did you miss this year’s annual tour? No problem! Here’s a recap of the day’s event. https://vimeo.com/583497949  
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The Ephemeral Spring WildflowersAfter a long winter, spring wildflower ephemerals herald a new growing season. The first blooms magically transform the woodland landscape.
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“What if each American landowner made it a goal to convert half of his or her lawn to productive native plant communities?
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Willows are one of the last of our shrubs and trees to lose their leaves in autumn. They turn shades of yellow—anywhere from greenish-yellow to whitish-yellow. As earlier fall colors start to paint our landscapes, the willows offer a decidedly green contrast in a diversity of shades depending on the species.
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Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D., is a biology professor at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois where she teaches environmental biology, general biology, botany, and introduction to sustainability.
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When the O’Connors bought an old dairy turned deer-hunting farm, they had visions of transforming it into a “perfect” prairie. “We envisioned prairies with beautiful flowers, all natives, and no weeds,” explains Marcie, who, with her husband Mike, has been restoring their 500-acre farm near Alma, Wisconsin, into prairie and savanna for the past 20...
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