Days of Solitude

One of the features of the Northern Plains is days of solitude. I started a stroll around the yard, feeling the burden of a snowy day. There lay the outline of yarrow in snow I had hadn’t noticed all winter. Silent birdhouse by one of the deer trails. Snow is heavy on the spruce, but … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

“Brighten Your Landscape with Amazing Containers” is the Spring Fling topic sponsored by Missouri Valley Master Gardeners at the Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion Auditorium on Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Presenter Cindy Jungman is a Master Gardener from Hartford, South Dakota who plants more than a hundred containers a year with more than … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

“Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor” is the Yankton Seed Library free presentation for Tuesday, March 12th at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut St. The class is offered in the Meeting Room of the library at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Seth Hinz, the new Horticulturist at the Yankton Federal … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Red Road Herbs Stanton, Nebraska 2019 Winter Workshops & Classes Beginning Herbalist Workshop – 3 dates Saturday – January 26 – 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday – February 16 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday – March 16 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. * Workshops are a convenient combination of all three classes in one day … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Gardening With the Masters Annual Spring Event Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Schroeder Auditorium at Sanford USD Medical Center Sioux Falls, SD Minnehaha Master Gardeners are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Gardening With the Masters Annual Spring Event!  We have a fantastic line-up of six great … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) is hosting its annual Local Foods Partnership Meeting March 1-2, 2019 in Mitchell, SD. Members as well as non-member producers, farmers market managers and vendors, chefs, value-added businesses, local foods enthusiasts, and agencies are encouraged to attend. The statewide event works to promote and support the growing local foods movement. Please see … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Feb 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog at USDA Zone 4-5a. In mid-February, It’s 5 degrees F. today, cloudy, with a chance of snow. Indoors the herbaceous perennial African violet has had continuous blooms for the past month. The African violet genus Saintpauliahas about 20 species and is not a violet. It originated in the tropics of … Continue reading

Plant Bits

It’s a cold day in the Dakotas, but a great day to do catch up reading here at Plant Exchange Blog. These are some garden-related topics on attracting more butterflies in the yard, like this monarch on Agastache. Also there’s an item on free leaf mulch, attracting more kinds of birds and a possible perennial … Continue reading

Elements of a Welcoming Home Entrance

How do we create more inviting front entrances for our homes? Let’s tour the front entrance of Andy and Jen Holst to see how they applied their creativity to making their front entrance welcoming. Their yard was a part of the Master Gardener garden tour last summer. Their yard in Yankton has an intimate front … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Events

PENNINGTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT SPRING FEVER! MARCH 2, 2019 Rushmore Room (next to Minerva’s) Ramkota Hotel, 2011 N. LaCrosse Street Rapid City, SD Registration: $35.00 includes lunch Registration due by February 23 Topics include: Landscape plants for a changing climate, pollinator partnerships, flower arranging, xeriscaping and drought resistant plants, technology for gardeners, and plant … Continue reading