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Plant Book: Planting in a Post-Wild World

I heard Claudia West speak this past winter at the ELA conference in Amherst, MA, and as a result, this became the first book in a long while that I was excited to read. It does not disappoint. Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West offers a...

New England Caterpillar ID

Since spring is solidly here for us here in the Northeast and people are out exploring their gardens, this caterpillar identification key might come in useful: Caterpillars of the Eastern Forests. The Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilo polygenes) caterpillar in the...

Early Spring Butterfly – Spring Azure

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) Caterpillar Host Plants: Woody shrubs such as native flowering dogwood, blueberries, viburnums, New Jersey tea, and small blue-eyed Mary (Collinsis parviflora). Thanks to Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab for photo permission of the...