nature has no borders

Recognizing this connectivity and the historic opportunities to partner and coordinate our efforts in conservation and preservation across borders, is being played out between the scientific and environmental communities throughout the world. It is a complex question – these political borders that separate us as people – but perhaps we can start tearing down the fear they create by first working to preserve nature and the environment together.

id your tree

Pinus contorta  ‘Chief Joseph” I seem to be on a Brilliant Gold kick! But can you blame me? This time of year we have few opportunities to enjoy the warm sunny color of summer with the exception of gold conifers like the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pines. Its new growth in the spring and summer is limeContinue reading “id your tree”

rewilding – earth medicine, human therapy

series on changing perspectives on wilding and connecting with the earth to find wellness personally and for the environment “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Jane Oliver, American poet 1935 – 2019 Her work was inspired by nature, rather than the human world. She hadContinue reading “rewilding – earth medicine, human therapy”

language of flowers…..Echinacea

In the language of flowers, the purple coneflower denotes skill and resilience – strength and health Echinacea has a long history in folklore, medicine, and tradition. A symbol of strength and healing, it is also associated with spirituality, and has been connected with the shadow side of one’s’ nature and is frequently used in witchcraftContinue reading “language of flowers…..Echinacea”

making the cut

science based pruning: part 1 – healthy start In the forest no one prunes the plants and trees – so why all the fuss about pruning? I think my library has six ‘How To’ books on pruning, several illustrated guides and one volume, so weighty, that it is used for a door stop in myContinue reading “making the cut”

latin for the accidental gardener

Not often do gardeners have the opportunity to bring something back to life. Latin is now considered a dead language, meaning it’s still used in specific contexts, but does not have any native speakers. Before diving farther into the ‘A’s’ of botanical Latin – I would like to pause and take a look at some common Latin prefixes andContinue reading “latin for the accidental gardener”

my summer love – the hydrangea

Like puffs of cotton candy, the summer hydrangea – sweet and nostalgic in summer and evoking saudade as it fades in the fall, a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness with the passing of the season – I will always anticipate the return of my summer love…. hydrangea Recently, a visitor to the NewhalemContinue reading “my summer love – the hydrangea”