Prairie Notes

The Trade-off Plants Make to Survive

Gardening is a learning process.  I have been working at the Arboretum for nearly 25 years and I am still learning new things. Wildflowers and grasses, as it turns out, live in communities. They grow best surrounded by plants that coexist well and rely on each other. My designs have focused on individual plants grouped […]

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Little Known Natives

Our FloraKansas Plant Sale is the largest native plant sale in the state of Kansas. We do our best to provide a wide selection of native and adaptable perennials that will grow reliably, but will, over time, use less water and fertilizer. Using native plants in your landscape helps to build back some of the […]

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Do you Need a Prescription for Nature?

There is a growing field of study among doctors and researchers on the positive effects nature has on us both physically and mentally. Ecotherapy is the name given to a wide range of treatment programs that aim to improve your well-being by participating in outdoor activities in nature. Spending time outside on a walk or […]

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2017 Dyck Arboretum Year in Review (Limerick Style)

End of December, in its last week, dormant plants means the prairie’s asleep. From our 35th year, the events we will cheer, this time when darkness is peak. Winter Lecture Series For wildfires, bird sounds, and butterflies, folks brought open ears and wide eyes. Learn new facts and stats, about birds, bugs, and bats, The […]

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O Cedar Tree, O Cedar Tree

This past weekend I cut down a red cedar to use as my Christmas tree; just the right shape and size and with the right amount of character. I feel great about cutting one of these trees out of the wild (an Arboretum staffer condoning tree felling? Yes!). Red cedars are beautiful, strung with lights […]

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