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Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society

I never really considered myself to have a green thumb. In fact I never had a garden until I got married and built a house. I never really knew a whole lot about what plants to grow and where they should go, I just left those decisions up to my wife and learned as much as I could along the way. The one thing I picked up right away was that having a garden and caring for plants is a great way to get outdoors. The hours that can be spent caring for your outdoor plants can be relaxing and refreshing. I wanted to learn more and that’s why on this podcast I asked Stephanie O’Neal, the president of the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society. We talked about what classifies as a hardy plant, some things to think about before you begin planting and why it’s important to think about native plants.

I want to thank Stephanie for coming on the podcast. She shared a ton of information about hardy plants. I think the biggest take away I got, what that planning, and research are important. Know what you want your yard and garden to look like before you put that first plant in the ground. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help and advice. The Wiscon sin Hardy Plant Society is a great resource and they would be happy to answer any of your questions. I’ll put links to their website as well as some of the books that Stephanie mentioned. Gardening is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature. With a little planning and some research, you’ll find yourself sitting outdoors and enjoying your backyard creation as one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.

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