When the supercontinent Pangea started breaking apart 200 million years ago, a number of familiar plant species were already established. This is why there are maples native to Japan as well as Canada... More »
For all the right reasons, natives have exploded in popularity over the last ten years. Seeking environmentally sustainable lifestyles gardeners have been rediscovering species that we've spent a... More »
Life isn't easy for city trees. Park trees have it a little better. Despite visits from dogs and vandals, they are able to spread out their roots and branches in a mostly normal fashion. But for ... More »
The beginning of the calendar year coincides with the beginning of another annual cycle of renewed growth in the natural world. Winter has decided to pay at least a brief visit to Philadelphia, but ev... More »
As I was writing last week's post for NewsWorks, there was an intruder in my chicken coop. A little bit of fur was sticking out of the straw bedding in a corner, and I was waiting for my courage ... More »
As of this morning, my best chicken is no more. She was old, she hadn't laid an egg in ages, her feathers were patchy, but her mind stayed intact until the very end. She was the only smart chicke... More »
Nicole Juday started gardening when she became the owner of an overgrown yard and realized she didn’t know the names of anything growing in it. A desire to learn the basics of gardening eventually led to a career change, and the has worked in the horticultural field for more than a decade. Today she keeps chickens and bees, grows a lot of flowers, and writes and speaks about gardening and natural history. See what else she’s up to at www.nicolejuday.com.