Native Plants for Sale at 5 South Jersey Ace Hardware Stores

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Hi Gang, Chris Clemenson of Clemenson Farms Native Nursery shared this exciting news: “For years those of us who are part of the Native Plant Society of NJ have been trying to encourage retailers to recognize the need to offer native plants for the public. Please pass on the word to all your native plant […]

Spring Cleanup in the Perennial Garden, Step-by-Step

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Hi Gang, I was away for a week in West Virginia in late April (we were leaders and presenters at our favorite festival, the New River Birding and Nature Festival). We left in winter conditions and returned to summer conditions. Tackling the next part of garden cleanup has been quite a task in the heat […]

Monarchs and Milkweed in 2015

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  Back in February the Press of Atlantic City pointed the finger at wildlife gardeners as contributing to the demise of Monarchs, specifically that by planting Tropical Milkweed we “may be killing” Monarchs. My e-mail box overflowed. My phone rang off the hook. I promised to get back to folks but didn’t get a chance […]

Garden Rant features “Tour of Private Cape May Monarch Gardens”

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Hi Gang, I thought you would enjoy Susan Harris’ Garden Rant post, written after she attended the September 21, 2014 “South Tour of Monarch Gardens,” featuring private backyard and front yard gardens in Cape May, Lower Township, and Cape May Point: When Wildlife Gardens Look Like Gardens by Susan Harris Garden Rant As you can […]

2015 Gardening for Wildlife WORKSHOP SERIES

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  Hi Gang, I had a ball leading tours of private butterfly gardens in South Texas in early November at the 2014 Texas Butterfly Festival.  Leaving Cape May when the butterfly season was coming to a close and heading to an area swimming in butterflies, including many exotic strays from Mexico, was a treat for […]

Monarch Garden Tours: Sept. 19, 20, & 21

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At the peak of Cape May County’s world-famous fall Monarch migration, tour diverse gardens that have hosted Monarchs since May. Each features native nectar plants and as many as five different kinds of milkweed (used by Monarchs for egg laying to create the next generation). Expect Monarchs and other butterflies, Monarch eggs, caterpillars, and maybe […]

Hummingbird Garden Tours: Aug. 15, 16, & 17

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        It is the peak of Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration.  Numbers have exploded now that young have left the nest, females are busy with second broods, and hummingbirds that nested in the far north (Gaspe Peninsula) are moving south.  Gardens designed and planted with hummingbird-friendly plants and a wealth of yummy soft-bodied insects […]

Bob and Carol Marceluk’s Ocean City Wildlife Habitat

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Garden Gang members Bob and Carol Marceluk in Ocean City, NJ, and their WILDLIFE HABITAT were featured in the Press of Atlantic City, Saturday, July 12, 2014: “New Boardwalk Attraction,” by Martin DeAngelis. I met Bob and Carol in 2012 when I taught a series of Gardening for Wildlife Workshops for the Ocean City Environmental […]

Four Proposed NJ Bills Affecting Wildlife, You and I, and Wildlife Habitats

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Hi Gang, Fellow wildlife-gardening educators Jack and Jesse Connor have brought to my attention 4 bills proposed in the NJ Legislature that we all should be aware of and consider voicing our support. In short, here are the 4 proposed bills that we can speak up about and show our support: A3133 Requires DEP to […]

The Living Landscape, by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke

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Hot off the press — a NEW book: The Living Landscape, Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke My copy arrived earlier this week and I’m enjoying the book immensely. The authors walk us through and help us understand the layered landscape, something that so many gardeners […]