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Why should you plant milkweed?

Milkweed is a beautiful native plant in the garden, but more importantly it is the only larval host plant of the monarch butterfly. So, when the milkweed disappears, so do the monarchs.

There is a complex range of issues leading to the decreased number of monarchs. Having just one food source is a critical one. Milkweed […]

Help national effort to plant for pollinators

You can help save the bees that pollinate our food production systems by joining a national movement to plant more bee-friendly gardens during National Pollinator Week, June 21-27.

By creating, planting and maintaining a garden, and registering it on the Pollinator Garden Challenge map, Americans can contribute to revitalizing the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators […]

Discover landscape inspiration at 10 garden tours

After a year of pandemic cancellations, garden tours are back! Here are 10 events beginning this weekend that showcase rain gardens, native plant landscapes, water features and more. All tours are self-guided throughout the tour days.

Johnson County Extension Master Gardener Public Garden Tour • May 21 – 22

Five private gardens are on display at the Johnson County […]

What’s best for you: Rain garden or bioswale?

Reusable bag or plastic bag? Rain garden or bioswale? The answer may be obvious on the first choice, but when it comes to managing water, it can be confusing.

Rain gardens and bioswales have similar results, but vary in how they are designed and work. Let’s look at what might be best for your situation.

Both a […]

Order native plants now for fall pick up

You can find a wide variety of native plants at three sales in the metro area this fall. Each sale is accepting pre-orders from several nurseries that specialize in growing local native flowers, grasses, bushes and trees.

As a COVID-19 safety precaution, all sales will be a pre-paid/pickup format. No extra plants will be available for purchase […]