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If You Build It, They Will Come

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If You Build It, They Will Come
Many years ago when my girls were young we would go on frequent hikes through the many beautiful parks and nature sanctuaries that St. Louis has to offer.  They would collect a vast array of priceless finds from rocks, sticks and leaves to an extensive assortment of seed pods, bits of moss and an occasional cicada wing – which I wryly told them were fairy wings no longer in use.  At times the collection of precious ‘yard waste’ would become a little overwhelming. ...
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Posted in: Spring | Tags: children , fairy garden | Comments (0) | View Count: (329)

Read Plant Labels!

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Read Plant Labels!
I was at Home Depot looking through their Garden Center when I noticed this label on their plants. I’ve worked in several garden centers and have never seen this kind of tag. I went home and did some research. What are Neonicotinoids?  It is a new class of insecticides (used in the past 20 years) chemically related to nicotine. Neonicotinoids act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. This is more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than to mammals, birds and other org...
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Posted in: Spring | Tags: pesticides , bees | Comments (0) | View Count: (1226)

Kemper Arts & Crafts for May

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Kemper Arts & Crafts for May
Here is the next group of art/craft demonstrations at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening in May. They are offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon for visitors (FREE admission Wednesday). Staff and volunteers have agreed to share their artistic talents. They will demonstrate their art/craft, answer questions and provide instructional handouts for visitors to try at home. Drop by anytime to watch our artists at work and get inspiration for yourself or for gifts. Check us out on our Facebook...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: art , craft | Comments (0) | View Count: (517)