Garden Spiders

Creepy, crawly critters abound at Halloween and they’re also common in gardens year round. Spiders are good guys to gardeners, since they feed on other insects. There are just a few main groups of spiders that are commonly found in gardens. To learn more about these fascinating arthropods, read this article…

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Amazing Plants

Although many plants are small or non-descript, or interesting primarily for their flowers, there are some really different or spectacular plants that might astonish you because of their size, form, rarity, or other unique features. Learn about a dozen really unusual plants from around the world in this article…

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Praying Mantids

The praying mantids are a group of insects with very characteristic front legs designed to capture and hold prey. The common name comes from the way the legs are held upright when hunting, but they don’t really have any religious affiliations. To learn more about these fascinating predators, read this article…

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Rainforest Rendezvous

Just about the only downside to being in such a remote location was the lack of TV (and until a few months ago, internet access; we found out Sunday morning that they DO have internet now; their website needs to be updated). Fortunately the fact that it was Super Bowl Sunday didn’t even come up […]

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NGB’s Annual of the Year 2013: Gerbera

The National Garden Bureau is focusing their spotlight on a plant that has large, daisy-like flowers in a wide range of brilliant colors. Gerbera daisies have been selected and hybridized to create beautiful ornamentals for container gardens or for use as cut flowers. To learn more about these stunning flowers, read this article… 

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Bats

With Halloween just around the corner, decorations with ghoulish themes often include bats. But other than vampire bats (which really do bite animals to lap up their blood, but only occur in the tropics) bats are mostly harmless. In the Midwest, bats eat enormous amounts of insects, so can be considered beneficial. To learn more about these oft-maligned nocturnal creatures, read this article… 

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Pollination

Birds do it; bees do it; and so do lots of other insects, bats and even the wind. We’re talking about pollination, of course. Continue reading to learn more about this essential plant process that is assisted by these various vectors.

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Mighty Mites

Did you know that there are mites that eat other mites? Barely visible to the naked eye, these little predators help keep spider mites and other pests in check. Read on to learn more about this fascinating world of tiny predatory mites…

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Baobab, Adansonia digitata

Are you familiar with that wide-trunked tree of the African plains, the African baobab? This “upside down” tree is the most common (and famous) of the eight species in the genus Adansonia – and can even be grown as an unusual indoor plant. If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating tree and its close relatives, read this article…

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Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum

Looking for an easy houseplant? Look no further than spider plant. This tough foliage plant tolerates inconsistent watering, has few pest problems, grows well in medium to bright light indoors, and is easy to propagate. It  available in both green and variegated versions. Learn more about this South African native in this article…

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