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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

Landscape Designer’s Yard

How people make their yards one-of-a-kind, is amazing. At a regional Garden Writers Association tour held in western Michigan last summer, Cami Geschwendt, a professional landscape designer, showed her private suburban yard. Trees, perennials, flowers and sculptures are dominant elements in her design. Let’s take a peek: Among the pansies, a sculpture container wears a … 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

Regional Plant-Related Event

SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training Registration is now open for master gardener training. Yankton is selected as one of the training sites, assuming we get at least 15 new trainees to take the course. Watertown and Sturgis are the other training sites this year. Trainees from Nebraska and Iowa are also welcome. Training begins May … 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

Origami in the Garden

We at Plant Exchange Blog send you wishes for peace in 2019. “Rising Cranes” by Kevin Box is displayed in nature in a garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Spring, 2018. The origami is made of powder-coated cast stainless steel on steel. Cranes are associated with peace around the world.

A Change at the Nurseries

We celebrate this year at Plant Exchange Blog with a story about a grown son, Mike Gurney, who chooses to come back to his home town to try the family horticulture business. His family name is associated with his grandfather five generations ago, who brought knowledge about how to grow apple and other fruit trees to … Continue reading