2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, there is no better time to highlight the benefits of plants and the relationship they have with our health. Please share #PlantsDoThat Inside Where We Heal, an infographic developed by the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) that spotlights the importance of plants in doctor’s offices and clinics, hospitals and other recuperative environments. This … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Plants Help Us Heal
Back to School with Plants
“When plants are around, students are just smarter and pay more attention,” -Dr. Charles Hall, Ellison Chair, Texas A&M University. The shareable infographic, #PlantsDoThat Inside: Where We Learn, developed by the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH), that highlights the importance of indoor plants in schools (and home schools!). Classrooms with plants have many positive effects for both students and educators, and are an important component of creating a healthy classroom … [Read more...] about Back to School with Plants
Don’t Get Burned by Wildfires: A Fire-Wise Landscape Can Help!
Wildfires are often caused by humans or lightning. They can destroy homes and buildings and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire can happen anywhere, anytime, and risk increases during periods of little rainfall and high winds.While no one wants to lose a home to wildfire, many residents wonder exactly what they have to do to create a fire safe landscape. Creating defensible space does not mean razing every living thing within 100 feet of your home and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Research on home destruction and survival in wildfires indicates that embers and small … [Read more...] about Don’t Get Burned by Wildfires: A Fire-Wise Landscape Can Help!
Ellen Bauske Awarded Outstanding Extension Educator
The American Society for Horticultural Sciences Outstanding Extension Educator Award, established in 1985, recognizes an educator who has made an outstanding and valuable contribution to horticultural science extension education for a period of 10 or more years. This year's recipient was our very own NICH Chair, Ellen Bauske. Bauske serves as a program coordinator for the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She has helped develop innovative programming in a variety of … [Read more...] about Ellen Bauske Awarded Outstanding Extension Educator
July is Smart Irrigation month!
Looking for your local extension service? https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search A water-wise landscape is one that is functional, attractive, and easily maintained in its natural surroundings. A water-wise landscape also helps to conserve water, improves water quality by slowing rain as it falls to the Earth, and helping it soak into the soil. Plants prevent soil from eroding into our waterways, reduce storm water runoff, and lessen flood damage and serves as a natural filter to protect our streams, rivers and lakes.Water-wise landscaping is designed using regionally … [Read more...] about July is Smart Irrigation month!
June Is Pollinator Month
Gardens and nursery plants play an important role in pollinator conservationHappy National Pollinator Month! June is the time to celebrate our very important garden helpers. Pollination is the important process of moving pollen from one flower to another to fertilize the plant. Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees, are pollinators. They may be small, but their impact is tremendous!Thirteen years ago, the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward … [Read more...] about June Is Pollinator Month