Tropical Milkweed – Savior or Archenemy
With the emphasis on saving the northeast region Monarch Migration, you’ve been hearing a lot about using milkweed in your gardens. This advice is now leading to controversy over the pros and cons of using tropical milkweeds. Wild Ones, the national organization that promotes the use of native plants, wishes to clarify the situation and give their recommendations to gardeners wanting to grow these plants. Tropical Milkweed – Savior or Archenemy (pdf)
Monarch Premigration Memories
Goldenrods, asters, butterflies – is fall your favorite time of the year? Were you saddened last year to see so few monarchs in your yard? Drought had devastated milkweed and nectar sources in the south, and intense heat had desiccated eggs in many areas and driven the monarchs further north. But, like clock-work, the premigrants arrived and you probably started to find eggs in early to mid-August. Premigration Migration (pdf)
Monarch Memories Last a Lifetime Part 2
Planting a native butterfly garden or habitat shows you care deeply about the environment and your connection to nature. While providing food and shelter for monarchs and other pollinators, you also help to conserve native plants, reduce habitat fragmentation and increase biodiversity in the landscapes. Healthy ecosystems directly affect the quality of our food, water and air—and what could be more important than that? WFM Gardening Press Release Part 2 (pdf)
Monarch Memories Last a Lifetime
Plant a native butterfly garden or habitat, and create your own moments to remember. Butterfly gardeners show they care deeply about the environment and their connection to nature. Healthy ecosystems directly affect the quality of our food, water and air—and what could be more important than that? WFM Gardening Press Release (pdf)
Wild Ones Launches New Campaign to Promote Habitat for Monarchs!
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes has launched their Wild for Monarchs campaign to help preserve the monarch butterfly migration. They are urging everyone to grow the native plants monarchs and other butterfly’s need for habitat and especially the native milkweeds that are the host plants for the monarchs. Wild Ones chapters and members will be Wild for Monarchs throughout the upcoming months. Launch of Wild for Monarch Program (pdf)
National Environmental Organizations Join Together to Save the Monarch!
Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapers, has joined forces with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarch Campaign in an effort to save America’s favorite butterfly, the Monarch. Wild Ones Goes Wild for Monarchs (pdf)
Wild Ones Launches New Campaign to Promote Native Plants
With the increasing interest in everything “green,” Wild Ones recently announced their new campaign to increase awareness of the importance of using native plants in yards and other landscapes. The campaign also aims to gain new members for the 30-year-old national not-for-profit organization. Wild Ones Campaign to Promote Native Plants (pdf).
Wildflower Seed Mixes Include Some Wicked Bloomers
While growing 19 packets of wildflower mixes, University of Washington researchers found that each contained from three to 13 invasive species, and eight had seeds for plants considered noxious weeds. Wildflower Seed Mixes Include Some Wicked Bloomers (pdf).