Plant of the Month

Common Dandelion

“Dear common flower that grow’st beside the way Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold ‘Tis the spring’s largess which she scatters now To rich and poor alike with lavish hand Though most hearts never understand To take it at God’s value, but pass by The offered wealth with unrewarded eye.” James Russell Lowell (in…

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Tree of the Month – Balsam Poplar

The Balsam Poplar is a moisture-loving tree that lives in river valleys, from the Red Deer River north to the Sheep River in the south. These water storing trees, like all leaf-bearing trees, form the buds for their spring leaves in the fall. The buds overwinter and from February 2nd (the Celtic marker of the…

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Willow (g. Salix)

Willow is a shrub that loves to grow in moist habitat. Not only does it provide winter food for Elk and Moose, but it also contains Salicin, a chemical that is also found in Aspirin. Willow bark tea has been used for centuries as a pain killer for headaches, injuries and wounds. We have over…

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