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Collect all 3! Custom Izel Plants T-shirts

November 19, 2016

Collect all 3! Custom Izel Plants T-shirts

Show your wild side and your love for native plants with this exclusive line of T-shirts designed by Izel Plants.

Grow Weed - Ironweed
Grow Weed - Milkweed
Grow Weed - Joe-Pye Weed

Collect all 3!
Or share the love and order them for your favorite gardener friends and family.

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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