Gardening for the planet masterclass

New Educational Opportunity!

Gardening for the Planet

Invigorate the Environment! Become greater stewards of the natural world through this online video course series that never expires. Discover the incredible diversity of beneficial wildlife and how to transform your space into an ecosystem-boosting powerhouse!

Originally $250 - on sale for only $125! As a special bonus, all purchases come with one gift certificate to the course series that can be given to others. 

Gardening for the planet masterclass

This course series features a bonus course for kids, including an interactive book reading of our book Finding Home: A Story of a Mason Bee, along with educational video lessons, movement games, a sing-a-long, and more! Learn more.

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New Children's Book!

Finding Home: A Story of a Mason Bee


Finding Home shows readers an inside look at the lives of six beneficial native creatures through an engaging and educational tale of a mason bee’s search for a new home.

Mason bees are incredible pollinators native to North America. Like most native bees, they only need a few important things nearby to survive: plenty of flowers, water to drink, and a place to call home.

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Learn about native bees, birds,
bats, butterflies, 
and common
beneficial insects. 

An affordable, low maintenance solution
to support the native bees in your area while ensuring pollination in your garden.

Our "Plant-by-Number" guides provide a combination of plants to aid and attract bees throughout the growing season. 

Explore educational opportunities,
from classroom workshops to 
interactive experiences.


6 issues a year, every other month beginning in January

Each issue features: Native Pollinator Spotlight, Native Plant Spotlight, Conservation Highlight, Random, Nature Topic Spotlight, Educational Opportunities, Exclusive Updates and Discounts








Plants in Space

Star Gardens   ‘Plants in Space’ sounds like it could be the title of an upcoming science fiction blockbuster or a lost David Bowie track, however the study of how plants survive space travel is a bustling field at the moment. Advances in space travel have made it possible for our continued steps in exploring our…


Loyal Neighbors The jovial cardinal is a common sight in winter landscapes. Forming close-knit groups during the colder months, these scarlet songbirds easily stand out amongst the whites and browns of a chilled backyard. While it may seem like cardinals are only in the area during winter, they do not migrate at all and are…

Our Atmosphere

The movements of underwater creatures can sometimes appear to be more labored than those of land lubbers. This is due to the fact that the water they are moving through is generally a thousand times more dense than air. However we’re constantly engulfed by a sea of sorts as well- our atmosphere. Except for during…

What’s in a Mushroom

Only the Tip of the Fungus   To most, the sight of a mushroom is not a memorable event. Scattered throughout our gardens and properties, mushrooms can be found in abundant quantities all over the world. Because of this, the mushroom can be easily overlooked as a mundane regularity. I intend to assure you that…

The Surprising Benefits of Pest Damage

Plants are masters of chemical pest control Throughout their lives, plants are constantly creating chemical concoctions and storing them in their cells. Commonly referred to as phytochemicals, these chemicals come in a wide variety of types, from the aromatic and ant-warding menthol made in mints to the alkaloids present in lupins that make them too…

Water’s Journey from Cloud to Groundwater

A vital resource worth protecting        Most are familiar with the water cycle- the process through which water in surface collections like lakes and oceans evaporates and rises to become clouds, which can travel long distances before raining down on another part of the planet. The water cycle ensures that water is transported…

Insect doppelgängers

Defensive tactics
 One of the most powerful survival strategies in nature is the ability for certain animals to be poisonous or venomous. Both of these employ chemicals that make the creature toxic to others. Poisonous creatures generally use their toxins in a defensive nature- for example, many toads secrete toxins and are harmful when consumed.…

The ants around us

It takes a village     There are over 700 ant species in North America. Nature’s premier recyclers, they constantly mix nutrients and decaying matter into the soil to be readily broken down. They aren’t working alone, however. The small mound at the entrance of an ant colony hides a labyrinth of interconnected tunnels home to…

The Wondrous World of Wasps

Why wasps are important When the word wasp is thrown around, the image that usually comes to mind is an ornery insect armed with a stinger and angry friends. While this is true in some cases, stinging social wasps are the rarity among their kind. The overwhelming majority of wasps are docile, solitary insects and…

Pollen’s Peculiar Path

More complex than you think Beginning every spring, plants of every size, shape, and color throw countless pollen spores into the atmosphere. Whether by accident or design, plants release a huge amount of pollen during their lifetime. From spring to fall pollen makes up a surprising amount of the air we breathe. This is a…

The Many Microscopic Communities of Soil

Where did soil come from? When thinking about the most valuable natural resources, the first things that come to mind are usually oil, gemstones, precious metals, and other similar commodities. You may be surprised to hear that one of the most important and truly priceless natural resources is soil. The soil is thought to have…

Plants are picky, but for good reason…

Attracting pollinators is key As far as flowering plants go, pollination is absolutely critical to the health of current and future generations. Pollination among plants allows for the creation of seeds, larger fruit, and increases genetic diversity, leading to a greater resistance to environmental stressors. In order to achieve the most efficient pollination possible, some…

Solar fields and pollinators

The situation for solar fields and pollinators  Although more and more homes in the United States are utilizing solar fields, the majority of solar field projects are utility-scaled, requiring huge tracts of land that are made into barren areas virtually unlivable to most wildlife. Some solar companies are beginning to try and change that, however,…

The Mighty Mason Bee

The mason bees are here!  I am happy to report that the first mason bees have been observed emerging from their winter domiciles around the area! I understand that for most readers this might not be the most exciting statement, however let me tell you why mason bees are such fascinating and important native bees. That…

The magnetic field flip

The chaotic source of our magnetic field There has been increased attention on the Earth’s magnetic field in recent years. Scientists have noticed for some time that this protective barrier, which shields the planet from being roasted by cosmic radiation, is less reliable than we might hope. The field itself is generated by iron and other metals circulating…






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Mason/leafcutter bee housing at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC
Butterfly housing at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC
Mason/leafcutter housing and informational signage at Love Lane Flower Farm in Waynvesille, NC

Native bees are a hidden treasure. From forests to farms, from cities to wildlands, there are 4,000 native bee species in the United States, from the tiny Perdita minima to large carpenter bees.

~ USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership Publication

Bees help pollinate over 70 percent of the plants on earth.

~The Bee-friendly Garden: Design an Abundant Flower-filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

It takes only 250 native orchard mason bees to pollinate one acre of apple trees, compared to at least 20,000 honey bees.

~The Orchard Mason Bee

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