The Benefits of Trees

The Benefits of Trees

While I don’t consider myself a ‘tree hugger’ in the sense that I want to protect every tree, I do love trees, and I have occasionally hugged one. I think we can all agree that not all trees have the same value, but science has recently quantified some of the benefits...
Get Backyard Habitat Certified!

Get Backyard Habitat Certified!

Would you like your garden to attract birds, butterflies, beneficial pollinators, and other wildlife? Do you live on a property in Oregon that is less than an acre in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County, or within Clark County in Washington state? Did you know...
Creating a Sense of Community- the New Front Porch

Creating a Sense of Community- the New Front Porch

Back in the day, many homes were built with large sweeping front porches.  You could sit on a comfortable chair or porch swing and wave or chat to your neighbors as they passed by.  You could keep an eye on the comings and goings of the kids as they ran from yard to...
Got Bugs? Get Bats!

Got Bugs? Get Bats!

Bats aren’t just for Halloween anymore. Their reputation as ghoulish, bloodsucking, disease-carrying rodents is unjustified. They are as beneficial to our environment as birds and bees. But since they do their work at night, they don’t get the appreciation...
The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

A growing body of research is finding that regular exposure to trees and nature can help people recover from illness, and lead to better mental and physical health. Most gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their “happy place”, and that gardening is a...
Adding Living Coral to your Garden

Adding Living Coral to your Garden

Every year PANTONE® announces the color of the year, which then appears everywhere in all kinds of products from fashion to home decor. Take for example the color for 2019: Living Coral.  It is an energizing soft orange with golden undertones. This warm, lively color...