|Kyle in front of post and beam barn|
|Lisa speaking about biodiversity|
|Long term nursery bed up to 3 years|
|Cold frame with babies|
|Deb Legge next to bog habitat|
We witnessed the harmony of nature at Earthtones, first passing beaver dams in a pond along the driveway, secondly watching a butterfly swooping around the trees, and most notably when we saw a turtle laying its eggs. Lisa and Kyle believe in working with nature and never spraying pesticides, which encourages both beneficial insects and birds which can keep harmful insect populations in check. Kyle, as a wetland scientist, really loves creating bogs and cultivating wetland species. Below is a lovely pitcher plant, which is a carnivorous species. On the right, Deb is sitting in front of the bog with a 12 year old larch tree along the back edge, sweet ferns on the hillside, and milkweed at her feet.
When asked what is "hot" in natives this year, both Lisa and Kyle answered - MILKWEED! I am pleased to hear that public awareness is growing in regards to the decline in the monarch butterfly population and now "everyone and their brother" wants to buy milkweed plugs! Well, Earthtones is currently sold out and Kyle wanted to remind everyone that monarchs eat other plants, too. Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa is a beautiful plant and is welcomed by monarchs and gardeners alike with its brilliant orange flowers.
You truly need to visit Earthtones to appreciate the quantity of native species available and their unique attributes of beauty and function. You can check out their species list online at http://www.earthtonesnatives.com/earth-tones-price-list.pdf Lisa and Kyle give public talks, have landscaping services and are more than happy to "talk shop" with plant enthusiasts. They offer plants in containers and plugs. By using more native species, we encourage biodiversity, provide food and habitat for our pollinators, and create low-maintenance landscapes which are lovely and enjoyable for all.
|Baby Yarrow plants|
|Plugs are available||they hand collect the seed to cultivate dogwoods|