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Named for Ben Franklin, saved by the Bartrams.

September 16, 2016

Named for Ben Franklin, saved by the Bartrams.

Franklinia alatamaha is probably the rarest of all trees native to North America. The species was discovered in 1765 along the Altamaha River, in southeastern Georgia, by famed botanists and horticulturists John Bartram and son William.  Ultimately, they named the species in honor of their dear friend Benjamin Franklin. William went back a few years later to collect seed which was successfully propagated. Were it not for this fortuitous discovery, and the recognition of having found something exceptional, this species, last observed in the wild in 1803, would now be extinct. Franklin tree soon became an attraction at Bartram’s Garden; the oldest botanic garden in the country, on 46 acres along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. read more

Never-plowed prairie seed harvest

September 9, 2016

Never-plowed prairie seed harvest

When implementing a plan to plant a meadow, consider this:

• Is the seed sourced from mono-cropped production fields?

• Is the seed cleaned and denuded of essential chemicals that are required for good germination?

• Is the diversity in the seed mix a true representation of a stable, functioning prairie, or just a landscape designer's wishful thinking? read more

Ramps Rant!

April 18, 2016

Ramps Rant!

Ramps (Allium tricoccum), are one of the hottest new food trends, and when they appear on restaurant’s menu they all but symbolize the willingness to source produce locally. This in turn has led every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a foraging instinct to go out and search for this new delicacy, with disregard as to whether they are harvesting on private or public land, and even more disregard for the sustainability of the practice. read more