Earth Day 2015

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In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere right now The 2015 theme for Earth Day is “It’s Our Turn to Lead.”  People all over the world engage in activities like recycling, cleaning up parks, or planting trees. How can you lead by planting wildflowers? Wildflower plantings are able to survive and even thrive with less […]

Help Save the Monarch Butterfly!

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The beautiful orange and black Monarch butterfly is one of the best known threatened butterfly species in North America. According to some of the latest surveys over 90% of the population has disappeared in the last decade mostly due to loss of habitat. Sprawling urban developments and intensive farming techniques mean fewer uncultivated margins where […]

Applewood on the Forefront in Promoting Pollinator Health

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Applewood staff participated in three national pollinator conferences in the past few weeks related to honey bees and other native pollinators. In an effort to incorporate pollinator-friendly practices into federal landscapes, the federal government recently released Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes, containing guidelines for landscaping on federal properties.

Celebrate National Pollinator Week

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Seven years ago the U.S. Senate approved the designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week”. This year, it will be held June 16th through the 22nd. National Pollinator Week has become an international celebration of all types of pollinators such as bees, beetles, flies, birds, butterflies, and moths. Pollinators provide valuable ecosystem […]

Flower Seed Collections: Cosmos

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Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) is an annual flower that is native to Mexico and has been grown in American gardens for over 150 years. Plants prefer sunny conditions and can tolerate heat and poorer soils. They have low water requirements, making them ideal for xeriscaping. They also attract butterflies, birds and pollinators such as honey bees […]