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National Pollinator Week 2016

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist June 20-June 27th 2016 In recognition of National Pollinator Week, I’d like to share some pictures of some of the pollinators that were visiting the Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in my front yard last week. While I’ve always been a big fan of Butterfly Weed for its…

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Good Weeds?

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One Man’s Weed is Another Caterpillar’s Dinner…… Last week, I was hand weeding the Norfolk Botanical Garden Native Plant Display Bed (next to the Butterfly House) when I spotted a caterpillar, in one of the plants I was getting ready to yank.  The day before, I had seen several butterflies in that same area where…

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Box Turtle Season is Upon Us

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist I don’t know of many people who don’t get a kick out of seeing a box turtle, and Norfolk Botanical Garden is an oasis for these vulnerable creatures.  We have everything a turtle could want – natural areas filled with food to eat, places to wander and…

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Did you Know that NBG has several Redwoods?

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist While many of you may be familiar with the Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) adjacent to the Butterfly House (including the state champion!) I’ll bet most of you have never walked the “Redwood Trail” in Mirror Lake. When I first started working in Mirror Lake back in 2004,…

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A Mild December in 2015

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist It’s that time of the year when things here at the Garden are slowing down after completing most of our fall plantings. The Herbaceous team has completed their always arduous change-out of our annual beds, and every team is taking a breather after planting thousands (and thousands!)…

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