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West North Central Conifers: What Are The Best Northern Plains Conifers

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Landscaping with conifers in the northern Rockies brings in that desired shade in summer and protects the home and garden in the winter. Learn more here.

Regional To-Do List: West North Central Gardening In December

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Gardeners in the higher elevations of the northern Rockies face a number of challenges. Click here for few December gardening tasks.

Growing Deciduous Shrubs In The Northern Rockies

By Mary Ellen Ellis

If you live in the northern plains, you're in an environment that is highly changeable. For ideas on deciduous shrubs to try, click here.

West North Central Shrubs: Choosing Shrubs For Rockies And Plains States

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Gardening in West North Central regions can be challenging. Shrubs in these areas have to be durable and adaptable. Click here for options.

Garden To-Do List: October In The Northern Rockies

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Take care of October gardening tasks in the northern Rockies before the arrival of winter with this regional garden to-do list.

Northern Plains Shade Trees: Choosing Shade Trees For Landscapes

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Summers can be hot in the Heartland of the U.S., and shade trees are a place of refuge. Click here for suitable shade trees in the Rockies.

Vines For Plains Gardens – Growing Vines In West North Central Region

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Finding the right plants for the landscape in West North Central regions can be a bit challenging. Click here for suitable vines to try.

Perennial Plants For Northern Regions: Choosing West North Central Perennials

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you live in the West North Central United States, perennials need to survive some pretty harsh and long winters. Click here for some suitable choices.

July Gardening Tasks – Tending A Great Plains Garden In July

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

July in the Northern Rockies is nice, and there’s still plenty of time to take care of a few gardening tasks before it turns cool. Here is your to-do list.

Northern Rockies Lawn Alternatives: Growing Native Lawns On The Prairie

By Mary Ellen Ellis

West North Central lawn alternatives make a lot of sense. Turf grass doesn’t necessarily grow well in this region. Click here to learn more.

Northern Prairie Annuals – Annual Flowers For West North Central Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Annuals in the northern Rockies must be tough, adaptable, and open to surprise. Click here to get some ideas on flowers to choose.

West North Central Gardening: Choosing Native Plants For Northern Plains Gardens

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Using native plants of the West North Central states is a great idea for supporting local wildlife, lowering maintenance requirements in your yard, and enjoying the best the region has to offer. For ideas on some West North Central native plants to try, click here.

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20 Types of Moss to Consider for Your Next Garden Project

Steph Coelho

Steph is a certified Square Food Gardening Instructor who has been gardening for more than 10 years in Canada where the winters are long and cold, and the summers are unpredictable. She is a volunteer for her community's Incredible Edible project. In the past she created an educational gardening space for seniors and taught classes at a local community center where she created her own curriculum and activities. She participated in several local municipal garden days where she set up a booth to educate citizens about the joy of gardening.

I’ve always been fascinated by moss. The way it grows close to the ground and in clumps or mats is so unlike anything else. I’ve always felt drawn to gardens that utilize moss, and finding it growing wild feels like a treat. Mosses grow nearly anywhere, and there are so many different types of moss, it’s easy to stumble upon this type of plant life.

The popularity of moss in gardening first began in Japanese gardens, and today, it’s a popular choice for rock gardens and ground cover. Because most moss spreads in a carpeted fashion and is low maintenance, it’s an excellent alternative to grass when you want something green.

If you’re as enamored as I am with moss, you’ve probably considered using it in your own garden. It can seem daunting since it doesn’t grow like a typical rooted plant, and there are so many varieties to pick from. Don’t be discouraged. We’ll help you pick the perfect type of moss for your space.


Birth of the Rockies

The rock that formed the core of the North American continent was believed to be formed approximately 1.7 billion years. When Africa and North America were coming together, it uplifted 320 million years ago, forming the Ancestral Rocky Mountain.

Eventually, the Ancestral Rocky Mountain eroded, leaving behind the current Rockies.

According to geological evidence, today’s peaks took shape during the Laramide orogeny, a phase of mountain building that occurred approximately 70 – 40 million years ago during the Cretaceous and into Tertiary period. It was during this period the Farallon Plate collided and began to slide underneath the North American continent.

The intense compressional forces resulted in major upfolding and uplifting of the Laramide ranges and formed topographically high areas including the Rockies.


Glacier 101

The park's history, getting there, and when to go

A sacred place for Blackfeet Indian vision quests, Montana’s Glacier National Park can be painted in colors: green Lake MacDonald, red brick wall bordering the Going-to-the-Sun Road that bisects the park, the startling blue Birdwoman Falls plunging into the green hanging valley below, the white-capped peaks with names like Heavy Runner, Siyeh, and Triple Divide.

The 1,600-square mile park―dubbed by explorer George Bird Grinnell as “The Crown of the Continent” ―can also be painted by numbers. Formed more than 1.5 million years ago by an inland sea, a mountain-building event, and glaciers, Glacier National Park features 185 named mountains, 762 lakes, 68 species of mammals―including black and grizzly bears―277 species of birds, and 700 miles of hiking trails.

Thinking of visiting? Better not wait. As of 2013 only 20 glaciers remained, and current estimates expect the park to be completely glacierless due to rising temperatures in 2030.

The park’s history: Blackfeet, Salish, and Kootenai travelled through the area―Blackfeet and Kootenai have creation stories set here. In 1910, President Taft established the area as a national park and in the next decade, construction workers hauled in logs to build Swiss-style lodges chalets for the Great Northern Railway. American, Swedish, Austrian construction workers and “powder monkeys” as well as Russian stonemasons toiled for eleven years to complete the 48-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road in 1932. Countless visitors have arrived by stagecoach, train, wagon, bus, and finally automobile, to see the lodges, lakes, wildlife, and the grandeur of the mountains the Blackfeet called the “Backbone of the World.”

While much has changed since the first visitors came to Glacier, it is possible to relive some of Glacier’s early history. You can take a horseback ride like an early visitor. Miles of hiking trails follow routes first used by trappers in the early 1800’s. Several hotels and chalets, built by the Great Northern Railway in the early 1900’s, house summer guests to the park.

Getting there: Glacier lies north-central Montana. Nearest airports are in Kalispell, 25 miles west of park headquarters in West Glacier, and in Great Falls, 150 southeast of the East Glacier. Amtrak serves both East and West Glacier. The Logan Pass section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road generally opens in late May or early June.

When to go: Glacier is mostly a summer park: summer highs run in the 70s. Autumns are beautiful, although park facilities begin shutting down by October. Winters are intense, with 4-feet snowfalls and temperatures in the 10s and 20s. Compared with other parks, Glacier seldom feels crowded even in midsummer, except in the Logan Pass area. But if you can swing an early September visit, you get the best of all worlds: Everything’s open, weather is great, and crowds are sparse.


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