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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

Regional Plant-Related Event

Emerald Ash Borer Update and Public Forum  Presenter:  Dr. John Ball  Professor, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of  Agriculture, Forest Health Specialist, SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant  Science Department Topic:       Emerald Ash Borer is Confirmed in South Dakota—What Does That Mean for Yankton? Date:        Monday, May 6th, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Location: … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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