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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

Fall Tree Planting Tips

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange! Jay Gurney of Yankton Nurseries gives us years of tree-planting experience to consider before we put the spade in the ground. Maples give us fall color, but many other trees are also options for tree diversity. The bud union is the guide to proper tree planting. Here is the … 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

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have set a fruit tree pruning date for Saturday Sept 30 from 10-5 cst. This is a community event but they are asking for assistance in doing the pruning and training members of the community in proper pruning techniques.  They have created a Park Board now and are … Continue reading

Peofessional Pruning Tips

This week’s Plant Exchange Blog is a topic people who care for plants in the yard want to know more about. Even if we place a tree or shrub with enough space for it to reach its natural shape, sometimes pruning is needed. A great example of a well-pruned shrub is this lilac. It was … 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

Tree Stumps and Roots

On a hot July day, it takes little convincing to walk in the shade of trees. This Norway maple, about twenty years old, shelters many bird nests this season. The same tree in autumn, displays its colors, adding to the many benefits of such trees on the Northern Plains. But how do we deal with … Continue reading

Springtime Out the Front Door

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog where we see lots of perennials in bloom around us. Some of the magic of spring occurs outside our front door. What is attracting pollinators most at the moment appears to be catmint. You may see a bumble bee in mid cluster of stems now, but butterflies, other bees and … Continue reading