DAR’s Bonita Oehlke suggests buying local plants and flowers make for great holiday gifts and support local businesses!
From old-time favorites to new colorful varieties, flowering plants and greens can be found at nurseries and farm stands throughout the Commonwealth. Boxwood roping, pre-planted paperwhites and hyacinths, poinsettias and cyclamen plants are among the multitude of choices.
Or how about a gift of landscape design, offered by many garden centers? Buying locally grown plants and ornamental decorations has never been easier using our Mass Grown & Fresher agri-Google Map. You and your family can enjoy a wonderful and fragrant weekend hanging local greens on doors, window sills, and front yard fences.
This holiday season coincides with the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association’s (MNLA) 100 year anniversary. DAR’s longstanding partnership with MNLA has been instrumental in the fight against Asian Longhorn beetles, invasive plants and diseases, as well as maintaining environmentally sustainable industry standards. Congratulations MNLA and Go Local for the Holidays!
Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30
I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!
A Whale of a License Plate posted on Jul 28
Wish your license plate was more identifiable? Want to save whales? Well, there is a way to achieve both of these at once. Perhaps the old saying about hitting two birds with one stone should be “do two cool things with one easy payment to the …Continue Reading A Whale of a License Plate
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster