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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-and-Half

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Half-and-Half.

The pairing of two plants with similar leaf form but distinctively different colors displays this week’s theme. 19 more words


Summer at MacLeish- the Start of a Chapter on Trailblazing, Permeable Pavement, and Barberry Removal

Hello! My name is Laura Krok-Horton (’17) and I am an Architecture major, Landscape Studies minor. This summer I am part of the Smith Summer Research Fellows (SURF) program, and have funding from CEEDS to work at the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station with Station Manager Reid Bertone-Johnson. 205 more words

Smith College

Summer Days

Well, summer has arrived. I mostly missed spring this year, more or less couped up and healing my messed up ankle. In the last couple weeks I’ve been getting out into the garden, and yesterday I did my first bit of garden work. 358 more words


Barbs or Blossoms?

Meet the beautiful barberry bush, popular with landscapers for its striking reddish leaves and year-round hardiness. This bush grows near a corner of our house, but I admit that it has not been near and dear to my heart! 393 more words


Bees and Barberries: A Match Made in (Bee) Heaven!

We have a Barberry in our back garden which seems to be incredibly good for bees! I have recorded 9 bee species on it so far: Buff-tailed Bumblebee; White-tailed Bumblebee; Garden Bumblebee; Common Carder Bee; Tree Bumblebee; Early Bumblebee; Honey Bee; Yellow-legged Mining Bee and, my favourite, a Tawny Mining Bee just yesterday! 101 more words

The Natural World

Desire Under the Oaks

One of the more frequent questions I get in my capacity as local plant nerd is what can I plant underneath my oak trees.

Planting under oaks is tricky for a number of reasons.   608 more words

Native Plants

Where Do Camels Belong?

by Barbara Walvoord

Where Do Camels Belong? a 2014 book by Ken Thompson, tries to correct the oversimplifications of the movement to control invasive plants. At Lathrop, we are not guilty of the oversimplifications he discusses. 437 more words