Regional Plant-Related Event

Norfolk Master Gardners’ Plant Fair & Market Friday, April 26th, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27th9:00 – 3:00 p.m. NECC Chuck Pohlman Ag Center 2301 East Benjamin Ave. Norfolk, Nebraska Speakers on planter designs and new varieties, community supported agriculture, and succulents Trade show Plants for sale Free admission

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

Snow but Seeds Grow Indoors

It’s no picnic. At Plant Exchange Blog, nearing mid- April, we’ve received lots of snow! However, snow on the yet dormant native plum and fence is beautiful. Even the Eastern red cedar gets a fine dress. Indoors, we see progress in seeds we have started for transplanting into the garden or containers in a month … 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

Regional Plant-Related Event

Hat’s off in honor of Dr. David Graper, professor of horticulture at South Dakota State University who recently announced his retirement. His service to South Dakota gardeners and his leadership in maintaining the South Dakota Extension Master Gardener program is unequaled. In tribute to Dr. Graper, a retirement reception and short program will be held … Continue reading

Work Behind A Good Apple

Apples are reliable fruits grown on the Northern Plains since homesteaders settled the west. As for the variety of apples we see in the produce display today, the kinds of apples just seem to expand. This week’s Plant Exchange Blog focus is on the Honeycrisp and a few related apples. David Bedford is a member … Continue reading

An Indoor Accent Plant–Fiddle Leaf Fig

Houseplants dress our homes like containers of flowers highlight an area or echo a theme outdoors. Trees and shrubs may be the anchors in an outdoor room, but indoors, large plants can assume that role. Fiddle Leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) can be the anchor for a room full of houseplants. Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–March 15th

Purple Shamrock is one of the clover symbols of good luck because of its leaf shape. But, no blarney!  Oxalis triangularis is a look-alike! A sham, only resembling the good luck charm. The three trifoliate leaflets are attached to the petiole that appear to be a stem but are not. Leaflets fold at the central vein … Continue reading

New Seeds Gardeners Might Try

Maybe this spring you’d like to try a few new seeds for the garden. With the energy building for the new season, we’d like to make smart choices. All-America Selections (AAS) is a non-profit organization that asks horticulture professionals to field test new flower and vegetable seeds throughout the country. Our region is called the … Continue reading