Transplants Ready to Plant Soon

Transplants are ready to go in the garden here at Plant Exchange! It’s mid-May and the average frost date has passed, so in the next couple of weeks, the transplants here are ready for the flowerbeds, gardens, and containers. Flowers and vegetables were started from seeds and germinated under florescent lights indoors. When the plants … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

Spring has arrived at Plant Exchange Blog in South Dakota! Pelicans have migrated north and songbirds are everywhere. In our USDA Zone 4-5a region, we may have encountered the last frost to start the season. Wild native plums are quite showy in early mornings and evenings these days.   New leaves dress trees and shrubs … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Sioux City, IA area events: Loess Hills Prairie Seminar  The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar‘s outdoor sessions at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area northeast of Onawa, offered on Saturday and on Sunday morning, allow participants to see many native plants in both prairie and woodland. Evening programs at West Monona High School in Onawa on Friday … Continue reading

Art and Garden in Synchrony

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog where we try to showcase the talents of people of the Northern Plains who like plants. Amy Fill is a local sculptor and painter and also gardens. She’s also the interim director of university art galleries at University of South Dakota. Fill lives and works in an art studio in … Continue reading

Honoring Dr. David Graper

Dr. David Graper is highlighted in Plant Exchange Blog this week for his service to everyday gardeners. David Graper is a Horticulture professor at South Dakota State University and S. D. State Extension Horticulture Specialist and McCrory Gardens horticulturist. He spent much of his career in service to the people of South Dakota and with … Continue reading

Lauritzen Gardens Dinosaurs and Plants

Plants and dinosaurs were well connected in ancient times in our mid – region of the now United States. Fossil evidence shows us that dinosaurs ate plants or dined on plant-eaters. Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, has an exhibit that shows realistic dinosaurs and living plants they likely ate. “Dinosaur UpROAR” exhibit, until May 12th, … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 15th

Welcome to arrested bloom development in South Dakota at Plant Exchange Blog. We’ve had a few warm spring days and the first pollinators have enjoyed Hellebores or Lenten Rose. Recent snow and freezing temperatures slowed the insects more than these hardy blooms. Daffodils are yet to bloom. Digging out from over 10 inches of snow … Continue reading

Landscape Designer’s Yard

How people make their yards one-of-a-kind, is amazing. At a regional Garden Writers Association tour held in western Michigan last summer, Cami Geschwendt, a professional landscape designer, showed her private suburban yard. Trees, perennials, flowers and sculptures are dominant elements in her design. Let’s take a peek: Among the pansies, a sculpture container wears a … Continue reading