Filed under Landscape Design

Hoffart Grows What He Likes

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. Today we get to see how a horticulturist designs his own yard! Horticulturist Stan Hoffart of Yankton has a special interest in trees and perennials and how plants fit in a space. He uses his own yard as a canvas. Missouri Valley Master Gardeners selected his yard for one of … Continue reading

Build a Butterfly Garden

Thanks for taking a moment to visit Plant Exchange Blog where we feature plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. You might think that building a butterfly garden costs a lot of money or time. It’s really about noticing your surroundings and including factors that draw butterflies and other pollinators so that … Continue reading

It’s Not Just Dirt

Soil in which you grow plants is vital to a thriving plant. Replacing the soil might seem to be the remedy for compacted soil, lack of topsoil, or contaminated soil. In fact, for plants to thrive, they need the network of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and tiny animals that help supply the plants with … Continue reading

Great Place to Share Flowers

Marlene Johnson chooses lots of color in the annuals for her planters and in her flowerbeds. Her generosity extends to her welcoming yard, highlighted with color next to the street for all to enjoy. While she says she’s no master gardener, her plant methods show her skills. You’re invited to her yard where she shows … Continue reading

Not Your Ordinary Garden Design

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we share about plants and the people who grow them. This week’s topic was a happy find. The program for the International Master Gardener Conference in Council Bluffs last September overflowed with horticulture information. I attended the Piet Oudolf, plant designer session by mistake. Piet Oudolf, who lives in the … Continue reading

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange Blog where we share about plants of the region and people who grow them. We learn a lot from observing our plants as they grow but with so many factors impacting the plant, it gets complicated. Farmers follow soil temperature changes like rain forecasts. As gardeners, it is easy … Continue reading

Sustainable Agriculture-Georgia Style

We like the landscaping projects we have worked on to last. We want to enjoy the results. We hope the project solves growing issues we tried to address. We’d like our garden to be sustainable and the environment surrounding the garden to be sustainable. University of South Dakota has a multi-discipline course of study just … Continue reading

Debbie’s Container Plants Ideas

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange Blog. We feature gardeners and professionals who grow plants of the USDA Zone 4 – 5a region and they share plant ideas with us. Debbie Roberts of Yankton has container gardened for years. She combines various size containers of plants with flowerbeds as she highlights areas of her yard … Continue reading

Roberts’ Color And Design Tour

Welcome to our weekly entry at Plant Exchange. Plants of this region have had challenges of a cool and sometimes wet spring and now hot temperatures this year. It’s a fine time to look at how a gardener in our region designs her yard. Debbie Roberts of Yankton uses color, texture, and lots of learned … Continue reading