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How to help mason bees in your yard

Why mason bees? We love mason bees. These small, solitary bees are amazing pollinators. Each mason bee visits around 1,800 to 2,000 flowers a day, and they pollinate 95-99% of them. In comparison, a honeybee may visit 700 flowers a day and pollinate about 5% of them. They are called mason bees because they use […]

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Pruning Your Laceleaf Japanese Maple

One plant that simply must be present in every yard is a Laceleaf Japanese Maple.  You know the ones… the beautiful, manageable sized trees that have interesting leaves in stunning colors all throughout the year.  Laceleafs can be living art pieces when cared for properly and developed slowly into specimens that add character, texture, and […]

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Inspiration for Dry, Sunny Gardens in Temperate Climates

Yes, I know it’s the rainy season, but I’ve been working on my presentation  Water-Savvy Garden Design , which sent me digging back through my photo library. While my seminar covers dry shade and seasonally wet conditions, the section for “hot, dry conditions” is always of great interest to audiences, especially those who are from…

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CROSS POLLINATOR’S CORNER: Flower & Garden Show 2024

Do you have giddy excitement this time of year in anticipation of the experience of stepping into a world filled with all of the garden goodies one could imagine at NW Flower and Garden Festival? Mark your calendars because this event certainly is a huge treat for us landscape lovers!  The sights, sounds and smells […]

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Choices in the Home Orchard – Part One

A huge trend in gardening over the last decade or so has been cultivating your very own homegrown fruit.  The pandemic intensified this practice, and it seemingly continues to become more and more popular for our patrons at Sunnyside, season after season.  While most all endeavors in the garden are gratifying to me, there is […]

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10 More Reasons to Add Trees to Your Yard

By Nancy Penrose Here are 10 more reasons to add trees to your yard. Trees Improve City Climate: Trees play a crucial role in mitigating the “heat island” effect in urban areas, counteracting the elevated temperatures caused by thermal energy stored in materials like concrete, asphalt and steel. These heat islands can be 3 to […]

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