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Benjamin Vogt
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While it's very true we need much better plant density and structural variety in our designed landscapes than we have now, it's also true that a great majority of those plants need to be native. Life does not evolve overnight in geologic time to the chaos we've unleashed through planting whatever we please.

There are still plenty of oligolectic bee species who must have native plants to gather nectar and pollen from, and plenty of butterfly, moth, beetle, and other species who require natives as host plants (even though we've done our best to eradicate them all through habitat loss).

There's a rich, interlinked tapestry of life that has given rise to our own, and we barely understand the rudiments of how that tapestry works -- let alone what happens when you begin pulling on threads or erasing parts of it. Native plants aren't limiting -- in fact, they open up our gardens to the possibility of life in many unseen ways. Trust in the planet's intelligence.
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Lots of native bees need native plants to complete their lifecycle, and the window is very small!
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Rushing to work in the garden might be the worst thing for wildlife and your soil. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45422876/list/4-reasons-not-to-rush-the-spring-garden-cleanup
For some of us, especially those in the eastern U.S., spring can’t come soon enough. But for others, it’s been a dry and relatively warm winter. Still, no matter where we are, the spring itch is fully upon us — and I’m here to urge you to think twice about scratching. Why shouldn’t you clean up the garden just yet?
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Help native bees! Secure our food supply, help the environment. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/you-can-help-save-the-bees
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I'm going to keep speaking for the voiceless -- those species and organisms who no longer have or never had a voice in our consciousness -- no matter the cost. From grouse to prairie dogs, beetles to milkweed, I draw the line knowing what that means, what I will lose. If you believe in climate change, if you believe in extinction, if you believe we have a direct and powerful hand in this, you know you must speak up, too; as you know your action must follow that powerful voice. Fight for prairie. Fight for the last stand of blowout penstemon. Fight for the last prairie dog. Fight for the last sentence that makes us equal to the beauty and purpose of every organism. Oh, you'll have to develop a thick skin, but the stakes could not be higher. Don't lose face, don't lose sight, sit in the garden at sunset and feel the silent depth wash over you as if you were riding down your own last day on this earth. Dream the impossible dream -- that we all have the equal right to exist, that we all depend upon one another, that we are all beautiful and an imperfect perfection... every stem, every bloom, every burrow, every cloud, every kiss, every touch. Rise up and love in defiant compassion for all that we negate through our closed-off culture.
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I have a crush on blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis), whose feathery summer seed heads would be the envy of any mascara commercial. Even better, blue grama grass is a resilient, tough little native prairie grass that thrives in dry, sunny locations and is a great solution for difficult soils and garden areas — from parking strips to rocky glades and steep slopes.
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Is it ok if I just put milkweed where the lawn is? I mean, the neighbors won't mind, right?
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Not me. I miss winter. Seriously. :)
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Celebrating today with pollinator gardening links up the wazoo. Get inspired. Rethink pretty. Garden deeper.
I'm celebrating 2 years of Milk the Weed with the nerdiest, awesome-ist list of links on butterfly and pollinator gardening I can come up with. It's certainly not a complete list, but I hope it's helpful to you as both a prac...
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Write memoirs & garden articles. Consult and design native plant gardens. Hug prairie. Teach English. Dream about an acreage w/ nursery, display garden, arts residency, prairie restoration, wildlife sanctuary in a sea of corn. Looking for 40-80 acres in NE or IA.
Employment
  • Houzz
    Columnist, 2012 - present
    Write a weekly garden column on sustainable gardening, native plants, native wildlife, etc.
  • University of Nebraska
    Lecturer, 2009 - present
  • Monarch Gardens
    Owner, 2010 - present
  • Doane College
    Adjunct English Prof, 2012 - 2013
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Lincoln
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Writer, prairie lover, professor, photographer, monarchgard.com
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Author of SLEEP, CREEP, LEAP: THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF A NEBRASKA GARDEN (essays) and AFTERIMAGE (poems). Shopping memoirs: MORNING GLORY: A STORY OF FAMILY & CULTURE IN THE GARDEN and the in-progress TURKEY RED: MEMOIRS OF OKLAHOMA. Working on native plants / garden ethics book. Speak nationally on native plants, prairie, sustainable design, pollinator gardens, philosophy and psychologically of gardens in a time of climate change and mass extinction.
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Work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, ISLE, Orion, Subtropics, The Sun, Verse Daily; anthologies Tallgrass Prairie Reader and Prairie Gold.
Education
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    PhD, Nonfiction and Poetry, 2003 - 2009
  • Ohio State University
    MFA, Poetry, 2000 - 2003
  • University of Evansville
    BFA, Creative Writing & Literature, 1995 - 1999
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