Tagged with Dr. David Graper

Honoring Dr. David Graper

Dr. David Graper is highlighted in Plant Exchange Blog this week for his service to everyday gardeners. David Graper is a Horticulture professor at South Dakota State University and S. D. State Extension Horticulture Specialist and McCrory Gardens horticulturist. He spent much of his career in service to the people of South Dakota and with … Continue reading

Best Trial Plants at McCrory Gardens 2017

  Dr. David Graper’s weekly newsletter contains the 2017 standout trial plants at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, South Dakota. See his copy below. Dr. Graper is a horticulturist at South Dakota State University and more of his articles are found at  www.Igrow.org. One of the plants menitoned is the Millinium allium. This is an example … 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

Controlling Weeds in Perennial Beds

Welcome to Plant Exchange! We’re indoors much of the day this week with the first heat wave of spring. This is some of what June is made for:  A country outing. Fine tuning an old friend. A couple of geese and their kid out with a friend. Not for weeds! Alas; procrastination is why I’m … Continue reading

Why Isn’t My Houseplant Thriving?

At Plant Exchange, we find some of our houseplants are challenged by lack of sunlight, low humidity and uneven temperatures. While some of our houseplants have problems, this favorite continues to thrive, even under reduced light and other winter conditions. Dr. David Graper, horticulturalist at South Dakota State University, suggests how to find out what’s … Continue reading