Native Plants

Shirley Heinze Snapshot 9: The Great Marsh, November 1, 2023

November Marsh By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the ninth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve that I began writing in March of this year.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them, and that you have learned a bit about our …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 8: The Great Marsh, October 3, 2023

Fall Asters By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust: This is the eighth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. As we near the end of the growing season, the fall asters are in bloom. Though perhaps not as showy from a distance as many …

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2023- A Record Year for Bringing Nature Home

The Bringing Nature Home (BNH) recognition program is designed to inspire home gardeners, landscapers, businesses, and organizations to embrace landscaping with native plants, benefiting both aesthetics and local wildlife. Our goal is to heighten awareness about the critical role of native vegetation in supporting vibrant and resilient ecosystems. Native gardeners have been instrumental in aiding …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 7: The Great Marsh, September 13, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the seventh in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. You will recall that my last blog post, dated August 15, focused on several of the pink and purple blossomed plants that were then dominating the Great …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 6: The Great Marsh, August 15, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the sixth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  For reasons that will become obvious as you read this post, I am naming it “Pinks and Purples.” My dog, Riley, and I have taken daily walks …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 5: The Great Marsh, August 1, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the fifth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  It will focus on some of our lovely native marsh plants (the “good”) and their non-native or invasive cousins (the “bad” and the “ugly”).  Because all of …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 4: The Great Marsh, July 3, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the fourth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  My last post included a high-level overview of the different families of plants that grow here.  This one will delve into more detail on one of them—the …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 3: The Great Marsh, June 1, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the third in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  It will focus on the types of plants that can be found in our Great Marsh properties, those whose seeds we harvest for planting in the fall, …

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Marsh marigold

Shirley Heinze Snapshot 2: The Great Marsh, May 7, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the second in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. How quickly things change!  What just a few short weeks ago was a barren brown landscape has now morphed into a mottled sea of expanding greenness.  Skunk …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot: The Great Marsh, March 20, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Welcome to the Shirley Heinze Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve!  This is the first in what will be a series of “snapshots” featuring the preserve over the course of 2023. The Great Marsh properties of Shirley Heinze Land Trust comprise about 70 of its 87 acres of landholdings in the …

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