My friend, Jannine, and I recently enjoyed the Midwest Native Plant Conference at Dayton, Ohio. I learned a lot from presenters and other attendees. The conference concluded with field trips, and Jannine and I chose the 112-acre Huffman Prairie which is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I had hoped for blossoms and was not disappointed.
Come and see how these gardeners have incorporated native plants into their landscapes to help Monarchs and other pollinators.
- 232 Castlewood Drive (Google map)
- Wild Ones’ Pollinator Garden @ Wellington Park (Google map)
- 224 Leawood Drive – This is our yard. I hope you’ll stop by to take a look and say hello. (Google map)
- St. Michael’s Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive – please park on Libby Lane (Google map)
- 4 Richmond Avenue (Google map)
- Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road – please enter from Mason Headley Road (Google map)
- 124 Idle Hour Drive (Google map)
- Klausing Group, 1356 Cahill Drive (Google map)
- 571 Mitchell Avenue (Google map)
- 1721 Gettysburg Road (Google map)
For tour garden descriptions, visit the Lexington Wild Ones website.
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I like the bold, colorful blooms of zinnias.
I’m grateful to live near The Arboretum and to be able to observe and learn from the diversity of plants. On a recent walk, I was delighted to find several native perennials with colorful blooms.
I like the soft mauve color of Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), and it was a special treat to see a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on this one.
Goodness, it’s hot and dry. It is a challenging time for plants, wildlife, and gardeners. I previously blogged about why purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are one of my favorite perennials. They’re now proving to be one of my most drought-resistant plants and attracting the most visitors, including this orange sulphur butterfly (Colias eurytheme).