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We now have native, edible, herbal and medicinal plants are coming in waves! The first wave is now availabe at the Friendly City Food Coop and Harrisonburg's Saturday farmers market!"
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Spring is an exciting time for us here at The Natural Garden.  We are busy with both projects and plants.  Our nursery is growing and we are really happy to be able to provide you a plant list  that will start to give you some ideas for ways to incorporate our lovely native plants into your garden. 
 
As it goes with nature, our plant list is also evolving; species continue to root-out and be ready as the season goes along. The easiest way to see what we have available currently is to stop by our two retail locations.  We will have our perennial and herb quart-size plants at the farmer's market on Saturdays through June, and starting this weekend we will also have a selection at The Friendly City Food Co-op.  Stay tuned this fall for our selection of trees and shrubs as well!
 
Our quart containers have cultural information on them for planting in an optimal location. We also want to be available as a resource for these amazing native, herbal, edible and medicinal plants, especially during our mornings at the Farmer's Market so, please do stop in and chat with us.  We'd love to hear from you and have feedback on what plants you'd like to see us grow as our nursery continues to develop this year and next. We hope that this plant list will start to give you some ideas for ways to incorporate our lovely natives into your garden. 
 
Contact Karl for availability, if you aren't able to stop by the market:  karl@thenaturalgarden.net or 540 383.7162
PLANT SPOTLIGHT: Monarda fistulosa
written by: Marly Reish 
 
This flower is a dynamic garden addition; these lavender-colored beauties are good for cut flowers, and are able to tolerate semi-poor soils and droughty areas.  Monarda fistulosa attracts many hummingbirds, bees and butterflies as well.  Commonly known as Wild Bergamot or Bee Balm, this flower has an aromatic, sweet and spicy smell and its grey/green leaves can be used for a summer tea when dried.  
 
We love to plant Monarda fistulosa in an area where it can form a small or large colony.  While it is not an opportunistic plant it does look lovely when it is able to fill in fully, but you won't want to plant it next to very fragile plants as it can overtake more slowly growing plants.  Pictured here is a planting that we did in our city median; it is now in it's third growing season.  You can see the new growth forming together in a neat, flowing clump.  It's stem height can grow from two to four feet, and so it looks great when planted amongst many of our other native meadow plants.  
 
Come see us at one of our retail locations to pick up this beautiful mid-summer blooming flower!
Photo courtesy: TCPermaculture
MY FAVORITE TREE
written by: Dan Warren

The other day I was walking along a trail which followed a small stream. The air smelled of spring, and as I looked around I noticed all of the trees swaying...
I paid particular attention to the black willow a few hundred feet in front of me. I like the way it catches the wind, and its spindly look."

The reasons why this tree is one of my favorites are subtle. It's the character of the tree: It's structure, It's function, It's happiest habitat. I like streams, and so does the black willow; It thrives in the dampness of flood plane soil. Also, if some of its new growth is sniped off it can be cut up and made into a tea to be used as a rooting hormone, so I appreciate it for its utility as well.

So the next time you encounter a black willow just take a moment to notice it, maybe it will charm you in the same way it has charmed me.
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