Reading the Rings

Reading the Rings

Reading the Rings Say the word “dendrochronology,” and what comes to mind? Perhaps a tree cross section showing concentric circles of annual rings, with arrows pointing to the rings from years that mark historical events. That correlation of tree growth rings to human...
Living Space

Living Space

Living Space Our love for turfgrass lawns and exotic plant species has turned urban America into an energy- and water-intensive “food desert” that doesn’t sustain the pollinators we depend on or the songbirds we enjoy watching. What can we do to return health and...
Science Spotlight: Dr. Suzanne Simard

Science Spotlight: Dr. Suzanne Simard

Science Spotlight: Dr. Suzanne Simard Imagine a world where plants are connected by underground communication networks similar to human neural networks; where network hubs — the largest, oldest trees — regulate the movement of food, defense signals and knowledge; a...
Walking Nearby Waters

Walking Nearby Waters

Walking Nearby Waters  Dawn is just bluing the sky when I slip outside to walk the arroyo that runs through my new neighborhood. Venus shines bright in the East; dark shadows still pool under bushy junipers. Since moving to New Mexico a few months ago, I’ve walked...
Natural Partners

Natural Partners

Natural Partners   It takes a village, we say. That’s certainly true for plants. The lives of these green, rooted beings are profoundly interwoven with those of other species in surprising ways. Consider these five Texas native plants and the animals that shape their...
Natural Accents

Natural Accents

Natural Accents Gardeners and plant enthusiasts have long turned to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map as a tool for planning landscapes, selecting plant material and understanding local conditions. But there’s a different tool that offers...