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The pussy willows are budding out and early spring flowers in bloom; soon to be followed by the initial blush of green on the trees that intensifies into that rich verdant green we have all been waiting for. It is extremely refreshing, especially after a long winter. Refreshing! Maybe that is why Spring is my favorite time of... read more

View from southeast corner, facing northwest (HGA, MetroHealth)

Property development can be an exciting, inspiring, and transformative process. It can also be detail oriented, expensive, and tedious. Many property developers are business conglomerates but there are some lone wolf developers too. Regardless of the size of the development company it takes a team to make a vision become a reality. The road to project completion involves... read more

Black-eyed Susan with perfect germination.

Last year, I wrote and was awarded some funding through Bayer’s Feed A Bee program. The program is meant to create pollinator habitat and to educate the public on the importance of habitat for bees and butterflies. In order to extend our grant dollars way further and to get my hands a little dirtier, I proposed in the... read more

Feral Cats. Photo credit: ASPCA

Bird migration time is upon us! One of the many obstacles that migrating and non-migrating bird populations face is predation by an ever increasing cat population. Some of these are protected or struggling bird species whose populations are at risk, such as the bobwhite quail in Florida where cat predation is having a large impact. It has been... read more

Native swamp rose-mallow in a rain garden

During a visit to the Great Big Home & Garden Show at the I-X Center in early February, I was walking through the “garden showcase” exhibit area and noticed many of the plants, shrubs, and ornamental trees on display were non-native to northeast Ohio. I realize there are awards given out in various categories to some the landscaping... read more