My family was fortunate enough to visit the WildThings Rescue Nursery yesterday. The experience was breath taking. The proprietor of the nursery -Dawn Foglia- travels each week to the Saratoga farmer’s markets. Gardening in Saratoga has become much more habitat friendly thanks exclusively to this one woman’s serious grind.

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First, some stinky herbs for bug repellant.

20120618-144712.jpg Tansy is the classic. Always plant in the Pumpkin patch for repelling Cucumber Beetles.

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Bees keep pollination strong as well as offer the sweetest honey- native wildflower honey to be specific.

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Beauty, egg producers, AND weed seed eaters; we all love the chickens.

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Dinasaur Foot is not a native plant but it has it’s place.

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I’ve never seen so many native plants in one place.

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Unicorn Plant is sister to one of my favorites- Cup Plant. Similar strong grower and sunflower like flower. I did not know Cup Plant (an old favorite) had a sister. Native plant gardening is a long, slow learning curve for me: like most people I was raised on a conventional diet of tedious daylilies and hosta. An ecology education and years of considering wildlife’s struggle convinced me this is the best way. Learning about Unicorn Plant yesterday made 3 hours in the car 100% worth it. Thanks, always, Dawn.