The Bar Has Been Raised

Douglas Tallamy, an ecologist and author was quoted at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in January, 2015:

“We have to raise the bar on our landscapes,” said Mr. Tallamy, a professor and chairman of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. “In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water."



Buyers Beware

The bedding plants that you purchase for your garden may have been treated with Neonicotinoid pesticides -- and you'd never know that you were poisoning bees instead of helping them.

Read about the problem here

Update March 2018: Proven Winners is now NOT using neonicotinoids. Can't vouch for the dealers that grow the plants on to ready them for sale. Ask your retailer if neonics have been used by them or their supplier.

Ball Horticultural Company does not use treated seeds nor neonics in the production of the plants it sells to nurseries.



Avocados and Monarchs

The growing popularity of avocados threatens the winter home of our Monarchs. The growth of avocado sales has Mexican farmers extending the areas planted in avocados. Read why this is a danger to the protected Monarch wintering area.

Mexican avocado trade and Monarchs


Pollinators in Peril

A great TED talk by Marla Spivak