‘Pots of Gold’ for your native garden
After the floral abundance of spring comes a steadily changing profusion of blooms. The crescendo builds as summer progresses and then, in late summer, both sun and shade gardens become punctuated by the butter...
Dr. Peter Raven will speak in Springfield
On Aug. 23, 2014, the Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Dinner will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the White River Conference Center in Springfield will feature Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical...
Indoor Garden Supply is Matt Wolfel’s dream
Matt Wolfel has had special place in his life for gardening and raising plants since he was 7 years old. Raised on a farm, he first job was in a Springfield greenhouse. “My knowledge...
It’s time you knew about Ozarks stumpwater
Nothing gets me going early in the morning more enjoyably than a cup of coffee. I’m just not a “medium mocha macchiato decaf grande skim latte” kind of guy. Perhaps because I can’t even...
A Safari on the Wild Side
Paleontologists will tell you that there was a time eons ago when tigers, bears and buffalo roamed the plains, and giant saber-toothed cats climbed in the trees. Giant sloths were slothful; huge armadillos, wooly...
The summer (and winter) of our discontent
Mother Nature can be so cruel. Such are the rhythms of her seasons that we cannot be sure if she has changed the rules or is simply teaching us a planetary lesson in the...
Winds of change affect the Urban Campfire
Living not far from the James River Freeway for 25 years means our venerable Parkcrest/Springfield neighborhood that once was buffered by Greene County meadows is now surrounded by a steady surge of suburban sprawl.
Ever wished you could be the butterfly you see?
If you’ve ever wondered how columns like this become words on a screen (or a page in the magazine), here’s how it works: From about 70,000 thoughts each of us has on average each...
To dig your way out of trouble, first stop digging
One of the many challenges of living large in the 21st Century simply has to do with keeping up. For example, if you are a gardener, it’s helpful to be familiar with the jargon...
Sanctuary a safe place from which to surmise
We are all better off if we have a sanctuary, a safe place to rest and recharge, reflect and ruminate. If we can’t go there at the moment, it can even be a favorite...