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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -October 15th

Welcome to South Dakota on October 15th Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!  Our USDA Zone 4-5a region has been dry at the end of summer, but recent rains enhance leaf color. On this Sunday afternoon, we’re enjoying the outdoors at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, a South Dakota state park. Near the park entrance, turning maples … Continue reading

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

Regional Plant-Related Event

Hello from Loess Hills Wild Ones. The next official Loess Hills Wild Ones event is 2 p.m. October 15 at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Learn how to collect, store, and prepare various seeds for planting, and participate in a seed exchange. More information is at the end of the list below. September 26, 5:30-7 p.m.: “4th … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in South Dakota. We’re about USDA Zone 4-5a. With late summer and early fall flowers in bloom, there are lots to attract butterflies and other pollinators to our yard.  It makes natural sense to plant more of what we and the pollinators like. Websites like National Wildlife Federation give … Continue reading

Summer Days for Flowers and Art

Meridian Bridge Plaza in Yankton, South Dakota is the site of summer fun for pollinator plants and a “post card” from Yankton photo opportunity there. Lisa Kortan of the City of Yankton led the pollinator perennial plant installations. Brittany LaCroix, city events and promotion coordinator and graphic artist Amy Bailey were creative inspirations for the … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– August 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog in South Dakota, USDA Zone 4-5a, most of the time. Warm and cool spring, hot and dry summer and now more temperate days, plants in our raised beds are adapting this season! ‘Pow Wow’ Echinacea grows as a perennial here from seed. Once established it comes back well. It grew … Continue reading

Flowers for Shrine Visitors

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange Blog. We enjoy plants and learn from the people who grow them. Flowers have many purposes. One of the unique uses of flowers is as accents for the grounds around the House of Mary Shrine, along Highway 52 west of Yankton, South Dakota. All visitors are welcome to visit … Continue reading

Duke Gardens–What’s in Common?

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, where we feature plants and people who grow them. For some people drawn to plants, visiting a public garden in a new town is a way to get to know more about the people of the area. Our own region has as much in common with … Continue reading

Perennial Ground Covers for Shade Gardens

Who needs more weeds? One way to dissuade unwanted plants is to plant ground covers instead. Perennial ground covers that are hardy for our region and grow well in the shade of trees can be a challenge to find. This bugleweed ground cover in bloom, later displays low-growing green leaves in a sun to shade … Continue reading