More than Just a Pollinator Garden

by Tara Mitchell The landscape has long been shaped by economics. Marketing tells us which plants are weeds and which are desirable, which insects are pests to be eradicated and which are worthy of saving. While all insects are declining, those chosen to be saved are those that are most visible and that also bring […]

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Managing “Wear and Tear” in Heavy-use Landscapes

by Ronnit Bendavid-Val As parks and gardens get more and more use by the public especially in our urban areas, many places are seeing increasing effects of this heavier use on the horticultural elements of our gardens. While it’s exciting that our culture is putting greater value on our green spaces, the effects of substantially […]

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Garden Insect Primer: Getting to Know Common Garden Insect Pest Groups and their Associated Signs of Plant Damage

by Bruce Wenning There are 31 orders of insects, but of those only 11 orders contain economically important pests of trees, shrubs, garden plants, lawns, vegetable crops, wood, and fiber. Most of the insect damage caused to garden plants plaguing garden maintenance people and garden designers are concentrated in just seven orders. (more…)

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Leadership Envisions and Defines the Dream

by Laurence Coronis As the end of another busy season draws near, this is an important time to set the course for you and your company’s future. It is my experience that the missing link in many companies is strong, consistent leadership that can create direction, build and coach your team, and hold staff accountable […]

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Urban Tree Selection in a Changing Climate

by Bert Cregg and Dana Ellison Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture and Department of Forestry Current climate projections indicate that mean global temperatures will increase 1-2oC (2-4oF) by 2050 and increase an additional 1-3oC (2-5oF) by the end of the century (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] 2007). In the Great Lakes region, summer […]

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Conifers: The New Foundation Planting

by Christie Dustman I couldn’t help but notice what plants did well this summer during and after the horrendous drought. You named it – conifers! If you looked around while driving, you may have seen what I saw – Pieris, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and the almost indestructible burning bush looking pretty sorry this summer in […]

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Best Native Plants in a Drought

This year’s drought has challenged all of our plants, but native plants seem to show more resilience. We asked a few ELA members to name their top five native plants and describe how they “weathered” the season. (more…)

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