‘THE SAGE’-Klein’s Online Newsletter—JULY 2018
Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses
608/244-5661 or info@kleinsfloral.com
Klein’s Supports Olbrich’s 2018 Home Garden Tour
Klein’s 10th Annual Most Beautiful Garden Contest
Our ‘Mad Gardener’ Is Ready for Your Questions
The Meanings of Flowers
Improved Access & Parking at the New Klein’s
Controlling Weeds Without Chemicals
Klein’s Favorite Seed, Bulb & Plant Sources
You Asked the Mad Gardener About Annoying Thistles
Plant of the Month: Catalpa speciosa
Klein’s Favorite Green Bean Recipes
Product Spotlight: Bonide® Revitalize Bio Fungicide
Notes from Rick’s Garden Journal—From June 2018
—Hope on the Horizon for Impatiens Lovers
—Heartbreak Spared
—An Ode to the Summer Solstice
July in the Garden: A Planner
Gardening Events Around Town
Review Klein’s @: Yelp, Google Reviews or Facebook Reviews
Join Us on Twitter
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Delivery Information
Related Resources and Websites
Plants Harmful to Kids and Pets


Think you have the Most Beautiful Garden? Perhaps all of that hard work and creativity can literally pay off by entering our Most Beautiful Garden Contest. We invite you to submit photographs along with our entry form to Klein’s via e-mail or snail mail by September 1. Winners are selected by our staff and will be announced on our website in early September. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places include gift cards for a Klein’s shopping spree. We have a separate category for container gardens.


They say pictures say a thousand words and sometimes the most simple of designs says more than the most elaborate. Please visit our home page in the following weeks at www.kleinsfloral.com for details and entry information.


KLEIN’S IS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE 2018 OLBRICH HOME GARDEN TOUR being held Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $13 for Olbrich members and $15 for the general public.


Olbrich’s 2018 Home Garden Tour spotlights seven splendid gardens throughout Maple Bluff and the historic Tenney-Lapham neighborhood.


Although this collection of gardens spans a wide variety of styles, tastes, and techniques, they all achieve the common goal of creating a welcoming space for one to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Learn how a meandering pocket garden was converted from a barren parking lot into a quiet place of respite amid the bustle of the city. Wander among the lush explosions of color and texture of a street-side tropical garden surrounding an historic B&B. Take in landscaped lakeside vistas, the quiet charm of an English cottage garden, and even the stunning grounds of the Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion.


Talk with homeowners, landscape architects, and Master Gardeners to get tips on how to incorporate various garden techniques in your home landscape!


Advance tickets available for purchase at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts Shop.


Tour Day tickets available at garden site: 405 New Castle Way, Maple Bluff, WI 53704


Visit www.olbrich.org for more information and a garden sneak preview.


FOR NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS OR GARDEN TOURS that you would like posted on our web site or in our monthly newsletters, please contact Rick at (608) 244-5661 or rick@kleinsfloral.com. Please include all details, i.e. dates, locations, prices, brief description, etc. Events must be garden related and must take place in the Madison area.


“Madison’s Firsthand Source for Expert Gardening Advice”


Ask any of your gardening questions by e-mailing them to us at madgardener@kleinsfloral.com. Klein’s in-house Mad Gardener will e-mail you with an answer as promptly as we can. We’ve also posted a link to this e-mail address on our home page for your convenience. Your question might then appear in the “You Asked” feature of our monthly newsletter. If your question is the one selected for our monthly newsletter, you’ll receive a small gift from us at Klein’s. The Mad Gardener hopes to hear from you soon!


Sorry, we can only answer those questions pertaining to gardening in Southern Wisconsin and we reserve the right to leave correspondence unanswered at our discretion. Please allow 2-3 days for a response.


Please note that our Mad Gardener is not only an expert gardener, but can answer all of your indoor plant questions as well.


Monday thru Friday : 8:00-6:00
Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Sunday: 10:00-4:00


Open Wednesday, July 4: 10:00-4:00


July 4–Independence Day. Special Store Hours: 10:00-4:00. Check out special savings on most remaining annuals, herbs, hanging baskets, containers, perennials and shrubs. Selection is excellent and quality remains top notch. Make Klein’s your first stop en route to any Fourth of July celebration you might have.


July 13 & 14Olbrich Garden’s 2018 Home Garden Tour. See above for details or visit www.olbrich.org for more information.


July 27–Full Moon


In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules – it’s the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning. We can help you send the right message. Many people assign their own personal meanings – a flower or color that might remind them of a special event or moment in their lives. For those interested in the historic meanings of flowers, the Society of American Florists @ aboutflowers.com has compiled this list from a variety of different sources:


The Meanings of Flowers
Apple Blossom–promise
Baby’s Breath–festivity
Bachelor Button–anticipation
Begonia–deep thoughts
Bells of Ireland–good luck
Black-Eyed Susan–encouragement
Carnation–pink=gratitude, red=flashy, striped=refusal, white=remembrance, yellow=cheerful
Chrysanthemum–bronze=excitement, white=truth, red=sharing, yellow=secret admirer
Forget-Me-Not–remember me forever
Gladiolus–strength of character
Hibiscus–delicate beauty
Holly–domestic happiness
Jasmine–grace and elegance
Larkspur–beautiful spirit
Lilac–first love
Lily, Calla–regal
Lily, Casablanca–celebration
Lily, Stargazer–ambition
Marigold–desire for riches
Orange Blossom–fertility
Orchid–delicate beauty
Pansy–loving thoughts
Queen Anne’s Lace–delicate femininity
Rose–pink=friendship, red=passionate love, red & white=unity, white=purity, yellow=zealous
Star of Bethlehem–hope
Stephanotis–good luck
Tulip–pink=caring, purple=royalty, red=declaration of love, white=forgiveness, yellow=hopelessly in love
Yarrow–good health
Zinnia–thoughts of friends


I recently moved into a condo and have a lovely small patio area with some plantings left behind by the previous owner. She also left behind a plague of thistles. I’ve weeded them out twice this season but they come right back. What can I do to keep them from coming right back? I don’t want to use a poison which will be toxic to the environment. Diane


Hi Diane,
It sounds like you have an infestation of super-tough and quite invasive Canadian thistle. These plants not only spread by runners and seed, but have a very deep taproot. Short of deep digging there’s not much you can do unless you resort to dabbing (not spraying) Roundup on the plants. Just a dab or two will kill the thistles, roots and all. However, you’ve mentioned that may not be an option. If you diligently stay on top of removing the foliage, the plants will no longer be able to photosynthesize or, therefore, be able to sustain itself. I’ve included a Mad Gardener question from a number of years back:


From John:
“I have a terrible problem with invasive Canadian thistle. In some areas I could just “nuke” everything, but it is growing in the flower beds, in many cases right up thru desirable plants, especially hosta. How do I eradicate this? We live in a rural area and are surrounded by it along roadsides, in farm fields, etc.”


The response:
“Growing up on a farm, I know how horrible Canadian thistles are once established. In pastures where livestock feeds, it’s oftentimes the only plant left standing and usually in huge swaths. Unlike many other thistles which spread only by seed (i.e. bull thistles, sow thistles, etc), Canadian thistle also spreads through the soil. Plants have an extensive root system. Once established, they’re hard to eradicate short of ripping up an entire bed and starting over.


Short of that, your only means of attack is Roundup (or similar). Because Roundup will kill everything (a non-selective herbicide), you’ll need to ‘paint’ it on the leaves with a paint brush. Though tedious, this is your best bet. The Roundup will cause the plants to shut down (root and all) within a number of days. A little Roundup goes a long way and be very careful not to touch desirable plants. Having said that, if even a speck of thistle survives the Roundup, it will resprout. Therefore, continued diligence with followup is important.”


NOTE: Oddly, Canadian thistle is not native to Canada! It is native to southeastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region. It was introduced to North America in the early 17th century. According to Wikipedia, one of its many common names is Lettuce from Hell.


Thanks for your question,
Klein’s Mad Gardener


. . . that the new Klein’s has easier access and twice the number of parking spots as the old facility?


Access to Klein’s and finding a parking spot have become a quite bit easier for shoppers at the new Klein’s. With the main entrance of our new facility now facing southwest and Walgreens instead of East Washington Ave., we’ve increased parking options twofold with the elimination the dandelion-filled and unused lawn that once filled the space between us and Walgreens. Access from East Washington Ave. was widened extensively and now allows for two way traffic and increased exit options directly onto East Wash. For our customers coming from downtown or from the north or south off Stoughton Rd. (Hwy 51), the mutual access behind Walgreen’s on Stoughton Rd. remains our main entrance and exit. In addition, we’ve increased the number of handicapped parking options and added a bike rack near the main entrance.


We thank all of you all for discovering us if not a returning customer, for your patience during this whirlwind transition and for your support in making this first spring in our new facility a resounding success!


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTEach month we spotlight some product that we already carry or one that we’ve taken note of and plan to carry in the near future. Likewise, if you would like to see Klein’s to carry a product that we don’t currently, please let us know. Our goal is to be responsive to the marketplace and to our loyal clientele. If a product fits into our profile, we will make every effort to get it into our store. In addition, we may be able to special order an item for you, whether plant or hard good, given enough time.


Bonide® Revitalize Bio Fungicide


A New & Organic Product Available at Klein’s!
Effective organic control for common tree and plant diseases! Top-to-bottom high potency biofungicide/bactericide that provides safe, broad-spectrum foliar disease control. Treats blight, molds, rots, spots, stem canker and mildews on fruit and nut trees, ornamentals, vegetables/tubers, lawns, houseplants and tropical plants. Even effective on stubborn verticillium wilt! Approved by the National Organic Program (NOP) for both indoor and outdoor use. Safe for people, pets, bees and other beneficial insects. Maybe used up to day of harvest; little or no residue. Active ingredient: Bacillus amyloliquefacens D747.



NOTES FROM MY GARDEN JOURNAL–Tips and Observations from My Own Garden by Rick Halbach


ENTRY: JUNE 14, 2018 (Hope on the Horizon for Impatiens Lovers)
It’s seeming the rain has been non-stop over the past weeks. Only once since I planted my containers a month ago have I needed to water all of them. Some I’ve had to move in and out of the garage because I feel they’re staying too wet and I want to avoid rotting.


Among those I’ve been moving in and out are my potted impatiens. Because they are susceptible to impatiens downy mildew and the weather has been so conducive to its spread, I want to avoid its appearance as long as I can.


That said, there’s now hope on the horizon for impatiens lovers. The following article appeared this month in the American Horticultural Society’s The American Gardener magazine.


Progress on Mildew-Resistant Impatiens
Gardeners and nursery owners were caught by surprise in 2008 when a fungal disease called impatiens downy mildew decimated summer bedding impatiens (Impatiens walleriana and hybrids) all across the country. The highly infectious disease spreads rapidly and is almost impossible to eradicate from the soil once it is present. Researchers have spent the intervening years trying to breed powdery mildew-resistant impatiens with some success. Earlier this year, Ball Horticultural Company based in Chicago, Illinois, announced a major breakthrough: the sequencing of the entire Impatiens walleriana genome.


Matt Kramer, research director for Ball, says the genome sequencing project took a little more than two years, thanks to a collaboration with KeyGene, an international biotechnology company. “The intent was to create new knowledge about an important product while at the same time assisting in delivering a solution to a pressing disease problem impacting the entire industry,” Kramer says.


Don’t head to the garden center just yet, though. While the mapping of the genome
is already helping plant breeders identify promising genes to target, it will likely be a
few years before gardeners can purchase disease-resistant bedding impatiens selections.


One line of impatiens is being developed by Ball’s subsidiary, PanAmerican Seed, also headquartered in Chicago. According to Lisa Lacy, PanAmerican Seed’s global products manager, the new impatiens are based on the company’s Super Elfin® impatiens series, and will resemble that line in “plant vigor and size.”


Meanwhile, Syngenta Flowers, based in the Netherlands, recently released a disease-resistant impatiens series named Imara® to some European markets, but there’s no word yet on whether this line will be available in North America.


For more information about the genome sequencing breakthrough, visit www.ballseed.com.


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ENTRY: JUNE 15, 2018 (Heartbreak Spared)
Along with watering and weeding, I really enjoy staking plants. Years of experience have taught me that a staked plant now decreases the chances of an unhappy gardener down the road. Sometimes I’ve gotten lazy or just haven’t had the time to get the staking done, only to have a late season downpour and strong winds topple my summer’s worth of work. Now I diligently do my staking like clockwork–the first ones are always my tall daturas, then the peppers in containers, next are the tall cosmos, sunflowers, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate and tithonia. I always do my zinnias around the Fourth of July. Next will be my tall salvias, rudbeckia and, of course, the meadow blazing star and annual milkweeds. I keep their heads held high for the influx of monarch butterflies that await them. Friends can’t believe the amount of time I spend staking plants. I, on the other hand, see it as an intimate moment with each plant. It gives me the chance to spend a moment with its individual beauty. The more plants you stake, the faster the task becomes.


I use simple and inexpensive bamboo stakes and a spool of twist ties for individual stems (kite string if the plant is bushy or multi-stemmed). I place the stem in the middle of my length of twist tie, make a loose figure “8”, twisting the stake tightly into the opposite part of the “8” so it doesn’t slide down the plant. It’s far easier than it sounds and is truly worth the time spent!


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ENTRY: JUNE 21, 2018 (An Ode to the Summer Solstice)
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day.
Robert Louis Stevenson


So true…given I’m usually exhausted and usually passed out by 8:30!!


KLEIN’S RECIPES OF THE MONTHThese are a selection of relatively simple recipes chosen by our staff. New recipes appear monthly. Enjoy!!


Green beans are probably America’s number one vegetable and certainly a favorite a favorite for most children. It’s been just in the last few weeks that locally grown beans have begun appearing at the local markets and should soon pop up on the tables of home gardeners; signifying the beginning of the summer harvest. Beans, along with corn, tomatoes, potatoes and members of the squash family, are natives to the Americas. Fresh, raw green beans are irresistible while picking in them garden and equally irresistible steamed or boiled, buttered and lightly salted. Green beans are at their most delectable when simply spiced or in simple salads and in marinades and vinaigrettes. Pick beans while young and crisp and before the beans inside mature and the outside becomes woody and tough. Though green beans take longer than most vegetables to cook, be equally careful not to overcook them, allowing them to remain tender crisp and bright green.


GREEN BEANS WITH LIME–An easy and interesting side dish from the May 2007 issue of Better Homes & Garden magazine.
1 lb. green beans cut into 2” lengths
1 TBS. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. fresh lime zest
1 fresh lime
1/4 cup sliced almonds


Cook the beans in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the beans are tender crisp and lightly browned, about 18-20 minutes, adding the almonds during the last 5 minutes. Cut the lime in half. Add the zest to the beans, cooking and stirring for 1 minute. Season lightly with salt and drizzle with lime juice.


TOMATOEY GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE–A Klein’s staff member once made this nontraditional green bean casserole for a Thanksgiving dinner and says it was the surprise hit of the party. Originally from The Joy of Cooking.
1 lb. tender crisp cooked green beans, fresh or frozen
1 can cream of tomato soup
3 TBS. prepared horseradish
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
dry bread crumbs
shredded cheddar


Preheat oven to 325º. In a bowl, combine beans, soup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and paprika and spread into a greased casserole. Bake, covered, for one hour. Remove from the oven and cover with a layer of dried bread crumbs, dotted with butter and sprinkled with cheese. Return to the oven, uncovered, and broil a few minutes till golden.


POTATO AND GREEN BEAN SALAD–A family favorite from Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.
1 lb. green beans, cut into 2” lengths, steamed to tender crisp and kept warm
4 large potatoes, cooked until just soft, cubed and kept warm (about 4 cups)
2 chopped green onions


2 TBS. olive or vegetable oil
2 TBS. white wine or other light vinegar
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper


Combine prepared salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. In a jar, combine dressing ingredients, cover and shake well. Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Toss the salad gently till well mixed. Cover and chill several hours or overnight. Serves 6.


GREEN BEAN FRIES–A REALLY easy way to prepare green beans from Organic Gardening magazine.


Preheat oven to 475º. Place trimmed green beans, cut to desired length, in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet or baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a little salt and pepper and some fresh rosemary. Bake 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parmesan.




There are many effective ways to control weeds without resorting to the use of chemical herbicides.
A simple mulch is one of the easiest and most accessible. Weed suppressing mulches include grass clippings, hay or straw, wood mulches, recycled rubber tire chips, newspaper, gravel, landscape fabric and others. All are used in different situations, but with the common goals of retaining moisture and controlling weeds. Mulches control weeds by not allowing them to germinate or grow, smothering them or simply making the few that do grow easier to pull by hand.


Mechanical means of weed control includes a variety of hoes and hand tools. Some are more effective than others. For tight spaces, circle hoes are invaluable. Forked hand weeders are excellent for weeds with long tap roots like dandelions, thistles and burdock. There are also propane weed torches on the market, but their use can be limiting.


But it’s simple hand weeding that remains the most effective form of non-chemical weed control. One thorough weeding during the month of June with lighter follow-up weedings will keep most weeds at bay. A thorough weeding early in the season allows your garden plants to out compete and shade out many weeds, making the day to day weeding much easier. Daily weeding as you water also makes the task less daunting. With a proper attitude, weeding can be approached as a relaxing endeavor, rather than a chore. The key is to weed when the soil is moist and to weed early or late in the day–not in the hot sun.


It’s important to try to get the entire root system out when weeding. Many plants will resprout if any speck of root remains. Most perennial weeds fall into this category. Garden cleanup is also essential. Many weeds, like chickweed and creeping charlie, will send out new roots if any piece of stem remains in contact with the soil. Recognizing weeds is also very helpful. Many weeds like lamb’s quarters, campion and purslane are annuals. By removing them before they’ve set seed, you’ve essentially eliminated them from your garden for good.


Excellent reference books for learning to recognize common weeds of the Midwest include:


Roadside Plants and Flowers by Marian S. Edsall and put out by University of Wisconsin Press


Wildflowers and Weeds by Booth Courtenay & James H. Zimmerman, published by Simon and Schuster. Both use real photographs for easy identification.




Catalpa speciosa
In its goal to diversify the variety of trees used in our boulevards, terraces and parks, the city of Madison has begun using the beautiful catalpa tree in the mix in the wake of emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease outbreaks. The aim is to integrate a wide variety of tree species and varieties as not to have whole blocks wiped out with single species planting as has happened in the past with American elms and is currently happening with the removal of ash trees.


Catalpa speciosa, commonly called northern catalpa, is a medium to large, deciduous tree that typically grows to 40-70’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with an irregular, open-rounded to narrow-oval crown. It is native to a relatively small area extending from western Tennessee, northeastern Arkansas and the lowlands of southeastern Missouri north to southern Illinois and southern Indiana. It typically occurs along streams, bluff bases and in both low and upland woods.


Broad ovate to ovate-oblong leaves (to 12” long) are pointed at the tips and rounded to cordate at the bases. Leaves are light green to yellow green above and densely pubescent below. Foliage turns an undistinguished yellow in fall. Flowers can be a real showstopper, however. Bell-shaped, orchid-like white flowers (to 2” long) with purple and yellow inner spotting appear in panicles in late spring (late May to early June in St. Louis). Flowers give way to long slender green seedpods (12-22” long). The seedpods mature in fall to dark brown and then split open lengthwise to release the seeds within. Seedpods give rise to the common name of cigar tree, although they actually are longer and thinner than most cigars. Abundant pods are produced every 2 to 3 years. Bark of mature trees is fissured, prominently ridged and pale gray-brown.


Genus name comes from a North American Indian name.


A mature, symmetrically rounded catalpa tree can be a tree of great beauty, particularly in spring when the foliage is young and the flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, it is otherwise a rather coarse tree that many believe does not deserve a prominent place in the landscape. Branches are brittle and mature trees infrequently exhibit classic form. Foliage also tends to depreciate as the growing season progresses, the large leaves being subject to damage from hail, wind, insects and sometime disease. It has been widely planted in urban areas as a street tree and lawn tree, and can also be effectively used in the landscape for difficult areas such as moist low spots or dry areas with poor soils.


Catalpas are easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions including both wet and dry soils. Tolerant of seasonal flooding. Prefers moist fertile loams.



For neighborhood events or garden tours that you would like posted in our monthly newsletter, please contact Rick at (608) 244-5661 or rick@kleinsfloral.com or Sue at sue@kleinsfloral.com. Please include all details, i.e. dates, locations, prices, brief description, etc. Events must be garden related and must take place in the Madison vicinity and we must receive your information by the first of the month in which the event takes place for it to appear in that month’s newsletter.


Guided Garden Strolls
Sundays, May 6 thru October 14, 1:30-3:00


Get an insider’s view of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll. All ages are welcome for this casual overview of the Gardens. Guided garden strolls will vary somewhat according to the season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest.


Strolls start and end in the lobby near the Garden entrance and are about 45 to 60 minutes in length. No registration is required; strolls are drop-in only. Strolls are held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
608/246-4550 or www.olbrich.org for details.


A Prairie Birthday
Sunday, July 1, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


This walk is named after an Aldo Leopold essay. We will look for the plants he wrote about, including blazing-stars, prairie grasses, and many sunflower species in bloom. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.


University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu


2018 Summer Concert Series at Olbrich Gardens
Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Olbrich’s Summer concerts are Tuesdays, June 19 – August 14 at 7 p.m. with special performances August 1 and August 8. A $2 admission donation is suggested.


Olbrich Concerts in the Gardens 2018 Schedule:
(All concerts are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.)


July 3
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra


July 10
Listening Party—Folk Rock/Americana


July 17
The North Westerns—Western Swing & Classic Country


July 24
Josh Harty—Americana/Alt-Country


July 31
Axtell—Argentine-American Folk/Soul


August 7
Madison Public Library’s Summer Reading Club Concert feat. Jack & Kitty—Vaudeville Jug Band


August 14
Fresco Opera-Opera Made Fresh. Live opera performances in different locations throughout the Gardens. Stand and stroll concert viewing; no seating provided.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
608/246-4550 or www.olbrich.org for details.


55th Annual Lodi Art in the Park
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Habermann Park, Lodi (Follow the signs from Main St., Lodi (State Hwy 113) to Fair Street and Habermann Park.)


Featuring fine arts, crafts, music, children’s activities, and great food nestled in the shade of the trees along Spring Creek. Free admission.


Sponsored by the Lodi Art Club


For more information, call Jeanne Kohl 608/592-4432.


Identifying Summer Prairie Flowers
Saturday, July 7, 10:00-12:00


Learn techniques for identifying native wildflowers. This is a field class, please wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by July 2. Meet at the Visitor Center.



University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu


In Search of Butterflies
Sunday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Family Walk


We will explore the prairies and gardens looking for beautiful native butterflies and other important pollinators. Meet at the Visitor Center.


University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu


2018 Summer Sundays: Concerts in the Garden at Allen Centennial Garden
Add a little bit of musical enjoyment to your Sunday afternoons this summer with Summer Sundays: Concerts in the Garden. This concert series will feature some of the best musical groups in Madison ranging from classical to jazz chamber music. The concerts will be held alternating Sunday afternoons starting June 24 and ending September 16, from 5-6:15 p.m.


This event is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden.


July 8
Performance by Carolynn Schwartz Black / Cliff Frederiksen Quartet
Vocalist Carolynn Schwartz Black backed by Madison jazz veterans Cliff Frederiksen (guitar), John Widdicombe (bass), Todd Phipps (keyboards) and Geoff Brady (percussion). With more than twenty years of experience, her unique voice and her band’s seamless quality spins up a soulful serenade of jazz standards


July 22
Performance by Latin Jazz with Tommy Mattioli
Vibe virtuoso and Madison native Tommy Mattioli, now a gigging musician living in New York, returns as guest artist to perform with a stellar band of locals to offer a sizzling set of steamy and evocative Latin jazz.


August 5
Performance by Johannes Wallmann Quartet
Dr. Johannes Wallmann, Director of Jazz Studies at UW-Madison, leads a quartet of top-notch artists to offer up high-energy, imaginative, and infectious original compositions.


August 19
Performance by Michael BB Quartet
One of Madison’s most versatile keyboardists (jazz, blues, rock, funk, salsa, big band, and classical), Michael BB assembles here a classic quartet of keyboards, horns, bass & drums offering a joyously spirited high-energy read of jazz standards from The Great American Songbook, together with some original compositions, in music that is infectiously cheerful and optimistic.


September 2
Performance by The Stellanovas
“Cafe jazz” by the Stellanovas-intimate, swinging, original, dynamic music accompanied by unique instrumentation: violin, accordion, cello, ukulele, Hawaiian guitar, drums, electric guitar, and vocals. Expect a straight-ahead set of swinging vintage and original jazz, offering sweet melodies and swing rhythms. Chris Wagoner, Mary Gaines, Doug Brown, and Erik Radloff.


September 16
Performance by J Clocks in Motion
Hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” and “the most exciting addition to Madison’s classical music scene,” this percussion quartet performs new music, builds many of its own instruments, and breaks down the boundaries of the traditional concert program, serving up virtuosic performances that include theater and art, consistently offering a joyous entertainment experience.


Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr. on the University of WI campus, Madison
608/576-2501 or allencentennialgarden.org for details.


Iris Sale
Friday thru Sunday, July 13-15, 9:00-5:00
Olbrich Botanical Gardens


The Madison Area Iris Society sponsors this sale of iris rhizomes, the roots that grow into iris plants. For more information call 608-271-3607.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
608/246-4550 or www.olbrich.org for details.


Olbrich Home Garden Tour
Featuring Treasures of Tenney-Lapham & Maple Bluff
Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Olbrich’s 2018 Home Garden Tour spotlights seven splendid gardens throughout Maple Bluff and the historic Tenney-Lapham neighborhood.


Although this collection of gardens spans a wide variety of styles, tastes, and techniques, they all achieve the common goal of creating a welcoming space for one to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Learn how a meandering pocket garden was converted from a barren parking lot into a quiet place of respite amid the bustle of the city. Wander among the lush explosions of color and texture of a street-side tropical garden surrounding an historic B&B. Take in landscaped lakeside vistas, the quiet charm of an English cottage garden, and even the stunning grounds of the Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion.


Talk with homeowners, landscape architects, and Master Gardeners to get tips on how to incorporate various garden techniques into your own home landscape!


Advance tickets available for purchase at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts Shop.


Tour Day tickets available at garden site: 405 New Castle Way, Maple Bluff, WI 53704.


Tickets are $13 for Olbrich members and $15 for the general public.


*Garden site addresses are listed on the tour tickets, which can be purchased at Olbrich Gardens prior to the tour. The garden site addresses are only published on the tour tickets to protect the homeowners’ privacy.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
608/246-4550 or www.olbrich.org for details.


Wild Food/Wild Medicine Walkabout
Saturday, July 14, 10:00-12:00
Location: Lake View Hill Park, 1202 Northport Dr, Madison, WI 53704


Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners


Join herbalist and forager Linda Conroy to explore the wild plants that grow around us. We will learn about common and uncommon wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Identification techniques, as well as ways to prepare plants for optimal nutrition and healing, will be discussed. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This class will take place at Lake View Hill Park, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison. Meet in the parking lot; the tour leaves promptly at 10:00am.


Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling 608-471-4422.


Willy Street Co-op North
2817 N Sherman Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 471-4422


Daylilies and Drag Queens
Saturday, July 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


What do Drag Queens and Daylilies have in common? More than you might think! Each are divas in their own rite, but the real excitement happens behind the scenes as plants and drag queens alike hone their craft, their image, and carve out their niche in the world. Get to know plants like you’ve never known them before with Madison queen Lucy von Cucci and the Garden’s riotous daylily collection.


What can you expect? This irreverent evening will be an immersive experience, and you’ll be getting your hands dirty! An interactive and educational show, this two-hour event will be an extravaganza to remember. Yes Gawd! *tongue pop*


Price: $30 | $24 Members. Register @


Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr. on the University of WI campus, Madison
608/576-2501 or allencentennialgarden.org for details.


Wild Edible & Poisonous Plants Hike
Saturday, July 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m


There are many reasons why people might have an interest in learning more about wild edible plants: an interest in natural/organic foods, as an outdoor hobby, as a way to save money, and for those with an interest in developing survival skills.


In this outdoor program, naturalist Dave Bendlin will lead participants in a hike around the gardens and the woodland trails across the street to observe and identify a variety of common wild edible plants. He will also point out some common poisonous plants that should be avoided and offer some guidelines for collecting and preparing wild edible plants.


Registration is required by July 10 or while tickets last. This event is limited to 25 people, so don’t delay! $20 General Admission, $15 RBG Members


Plants for Pollinators
Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.
Garden Tour


Learn about summer-blooming native and ornamental species in Arboretum gardens. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will highlight plants and gardening practices that support essential pollinators in urban/suburban landscapes. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.


University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu


Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies
July 19-August 12
Daily from 10:00-4:00
In the Bolz Conservatory


Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias.
More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.


The life span of different butterflies varies from a few weeks to a few months. All flying butterflies are allowed to live out their natural lives in the Conservatory, with food sources remaining for them after the exhibit dates.


Monarch Meet-Up
Learn about the plight of the Monarch through Monarch Meet-Up, a new program designed to educate visitors about the declining population of monarch butterflies and challenge visitors to take ACTION in monarch conservation.


Butterfly Action Day
Friday, August 3
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join us for a special day with representatives from local monarch conservation organizations! Interactive displays focused on monarch butterflies will highlight what you can do to help the population. Monarchs make one of the longest known insect migration on earth and everyone can make a difference in supporting their spectacular journey!


The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 and under, and free for children under 2. Olbrich Botanical Society members are admitted free. Parking is free. Bus tours are welcome; groups of 10 or more must register by calling 608/246-4550. The Bolz Conservatory will be closed Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 in preparation for Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
608/246-4550 or www.olbrich.org for details.


Botanic Talk: The Monarch Kingdom
Thursday, July 19, from 6:30-8:00 p.m


The Monarch Kingdom with Shelly Culea. Shelly Culea will speak about her experiences in the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries of Mexico. In 2015, Shelly visited several UNESCO protected Monarch sites located in the rugged and remote mountains west of Mexico City.


She will tell us about her journey and show us amazing photos from her trip. These awe-inspiring photos show, among other things, millions of hibernating Monarch butterflies just before they leave for their return journey to the United States.


Shelly will bring the incredible story of the great migration of the Monarch butterflies to life with her presentation. Raising Monarchs from egg to release is a passion for Shelly Culea.


To date, she has released more than 400 Monarchs from her butterfly nursery. Shelly gives Monarch presentations to Milwaukee area nature centers, garden clubs and schools to help raise awareness of the Monarch butterfly.


Shelly also helped organize the Monarch Information Booth for BioBlitz, a biological surveying project that helps record all living species within a designated area. The BioBlitz events are held at the Schlitz Audubon Center and Grant Park in Milwaukee. She is a current member and past Garden Club president of the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. Shelly is a member of the Herb Society of America, Wisconsin Unit.


$7 general admission, $5 RBG Members; this event includes printed and note taking materials (where applicable), you will have access to Rotary Botanical Gardens’ grounds, and light refreshments. You may purchase tickets to this event at the door, or online, in advance. If you are interested in Membership perks, such as discounted rates,


Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI,


Rotary Garden’s Home Garden Tour
Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m (rain or shine)


One Day, Eight Gardens, Endless Inspiration!
Tour eight local gardens, including Rotary Botanical Gardens during our 24th Annual Home Garden Tour! The Tour begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. You may begin the tour at anytime during this event.


Live music will accompany garden tour stops as well as information regarding the property and history. Meet the owners, speak with volunteers, and get inspired!


Tickets are available for purchase at Rotary Botanical Gardens, beginning June 1, 2018. The tour may be completed in any order and your ticket booklet is required for entry at each tour stop. On the day of the Tour, tickets may be purchased at Rotary Botanical Gardens, or any of the 2018 HGT sites.


Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact the Volunteer Department @ volunteer@rotarygardens.org. Volunteers are welcome to experience the Home Garden Tour, free of charge.


Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI,


Masterclass: Integrated Pest Management
Thursday, July 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m.


Ready to take your garden to the next level? Masterclasses are hands-on, immersive learning experiences that utilize real-life projects in the Garden to explore advanced horticulture and landscaping techniques. You’ll work alongside an industry expert in a small group, ensuring ample access to the instructor. Everyone will be able to get their hands dirty. This intimate and exclusive learning experience won’t disappoint. Register by the Monday before the masterclass


As gardeners, much of our attention can be focused on insect pests that are damaging our plants. When you take a closer look, there’s an amazing diversity of beneficial insects around our yards and gardens that help us out by controlling pests, pollinating our plants, and recycling organic materials. In this session, we’ll focus on recognizing beneficial arthropods and learning what we can do to help them.



Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr. on the University of WI campus, Madison
608/576-2501 or allencentennialgarden.org for details.


Dane County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, April 14 thru November 10, 6:15-1:45
On the Capitol Square


Wednesdays, April 18 thru November 7, 8:30-1:45
In the 200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.


For details visit www.dcfm.org


Northside Farmers Market
Sundays, May 6 through October 21, 8:30-12:30
In the Northside TownCenter at the intersection of N. Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr. across from Warner Park.


The Northside Farmers Market is a nonprofit community enterprise. It is one of the newest and fastest growing farmers’ markets in Dane County. In keeping with the innovative spirit of Madison’s Northside, we are surpassing what defines the traditional farmers’ market. Our fundamental principles include:


–Providing an abundant selection of high quality, locally grown foods.
The market accepts Quest, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers.


–Supporting our local agricultural entrepreneurs who are increasingly important today in ensuring that we have the best and safest food possible.


–Educating the community about traditional foods and the history of local agriculture in an attempt to preserve (and expand upon) our rich heritage.


–Promoting nutrition and the market by hosting dinners for neighborhood groups and seniors.


Parking is always FREE!



JULY IN THE GARDENA checklist of things to do this month.
___Pinch hardy mums until July 4 for bushier less floppy plants.
___Begin sowing and transplanting cole crops for fall harvest.
___Fertilize and mulch asparagus beds.
___Give the garden at least 1” of moisture per week.
___Mow as little as possible and with mower raised to at least 2”.
___Mulch beds to conserve moisture and keep down weeds.
___Deadhead spent blooms as needed.
___Stake and support tall plants as needed.
___Cut spent perennials to the ground to encourage new growth.
___Divide daylilies as they finish blooming.
___Fertilize potted plants at least every 2 weeks. Follow directions.
___Order spring bulbs from catalogs while your memory is still fresh.
___Keep and eye on the weather. Water as needed.
___Watch for pests and control as needed or desired.
___Stop fertilizing roses by late July.
___Visit Klein’s—Watch for end of season savings on annuals, perennials & shrubs.


Some of our very favorite seed and plant sources include:


For seeds:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds @ www.rareseeds.com or 417/924-8887
Burpee @ www.burpee.com or 800/888-1447
Harris Seeds @ www.harrisseeds.com or 800/514-4441
Johnny’s Select Seeds @ www.johnnyseeds.com or 207/861-3901
Jung’s Seeds @ www.jungseed.com or 800/247-5864
Park’s Seeds @ www.parkseed.com or 800/845-3369
Pinetree @ www.superseeds.com or 207/926-3400
Seeds of Change @ www.seedsofchange.com or 888/762-7333
Seed Savers @ www.seedsavers.org or 563/382-5990
Select Seeds @ www.selectseeds.com or 800/684-0395
Territorial Seeds @ www.territorialseed.com or 888/657-3131
Thompson & Morgan @ www.thompson-morgan.com or 800/274-7333


For bulbs:
Brent & Becky’s Bulbs @ www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com or 877/661-2852
Colorblends @ www.colorblends.com or 888/847-8637
John Scheeper’s @ www.johnscheepers.com or 860/567-0838
McClure & Zimmerman @ www.mzbulb.com or 800/883-6998


For plants:
High Country Gardens @ www.highcountrygardens.com or 800/925-9387
Logee’s Greenhouses @ www.logees.com or 888/330-8038
Plant Delights Nursery @ www.plantdelights.com or 912/772-4794
Roots and Rhizomes @ www.rootsrhizomes.com or 800/374-5035
Wayside Gardens @ www.waysidegardens.com or 800/213-0379
White Flower Farm @ www.whiteflowerfarm.com or 800/503-9624


Note: To receive every possible seed, plant or garden supply catalog imaginable, check out Cyndi’s Catalog of Garden Catalogs @ www.gardenlist.com. Most catalogs are free and make for great winter reading!


BEHIND THE SCENES AT KLEIN’SThis is a sneak peek of what is going on each month behind the scenes in our greenhouses. Many people are unaware that our facility operates year round or that we have 10 more greenhouses on the property in addition to the 6 open for retail. At any given moment we already have a jump on the upcoming season–be it poinsettias in July, geraniums in December or fall mums in May.


—Watering is a nonstop endeavor. On hot, windy days, we no sooner finish the first round, when we have to start all over again. Some plants in our retail areas may need watering 3 or 4 times in a single day! You wouldn’t do this at home, but customers don’t like to see wilted plants. It’s not harmful for us to let them wilt a bit, but it makes for bad presentation.


—Yes, the poinsettias arrive. The small plants are potted and placed in a warm greenhouse out back where they are constantly misted for a few days until they begin rooting out. After a few weeks they are individually pinched for sturdy and bushy growth.


—Summer maintenance projects are under way.


—We transplant our fall cole crops into cell packs along with our fall pansies and violas.


Have our monthly newsletter e-mailed to you automatically by signing up on the right side of our home page. We’ll offer monthly tips, greenhouse news and tidbits, specials and recipes. . .everything you need to know from your favorite Madison greenhouse. And tell your friends. It’s easy to do.


THE MAD GARDENER–“Madison’s Firsthand Source for Expert Gardening Advice”
Ask us your gardening questions by e-mailing us at madgardener@kleinsfloral.com. Klein’s in-house Mad Gardener will e-mail you with an answer as promptly as we can. The link is posted on our home page and in all newsletters.


We can only answer those questions pertaining to gardening in Southern Wisconsin and we reserve the right to leave correspondence unanswered at our discretion. Please allow 2-3 days for a response.




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We offer a 10% Off Senior Citizen Discount every Tuesday to those 62 and above. This discount is not in addition to other discounts or sales. Please mention that you are a senior before we ring up your purchases. Does not apply to wire out orders or services, i.e. delivery, potting, etc.


Plastic flower pots and garden edging can now be recycled as part of the City of Madison’s rigid plastic program. Flowerpots and edging must be free of dirt and can be placed in your green recycling bin. For more information call 267-2626 or visit www.cityofmadison.com/streets/recycling/plastic.cfm



Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses delivers daily, except Sundays, throughout all of Madison and much of Dane County including: Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Marshall, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Shorewood Hills, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee and Windsor. We do not deliver to Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield or Stoughton.

Current delivery rate on 1-4 items is $7.95 for Madison, Maple Bluff, Monona and Shorewood Hills; $8.95 for Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and Windsor; and $9.95 for Marshall, Middleton, Oregon and Verona. An additional $3.00 will be added for deliveries of 4-10 items and $5.00 added for deliveries of more than 10 items. For deliveries requiring more than one trip, a separate delivery charge will be added for each trip.


A minimum order of $25.00 is required for delivery.

We not only deliver our fabulous fresh flowers, but also houseplants, bedding plants and hardgoods. There may be an extra charge for very large or bulky items.

Delivery to the Madison hospitals is $5.95. Deliveries to the four Madison hospitals are made during the early afternoon. Items are delivered to the hospital’s volunteer rooms and not directly to the patients’ rooms per hospital rules.

There is no delivery charge for funerals in the city of Madison or Monona, although normal rates apply for morning funeral deliveries to Madison’s west side (west of Park St.). Our normal rates also apply for funeral deliveries in the surrounding communities at all times. Although we don’t deliver on Sundays, we will deliver funeral items on Sundays at the regular delivery rate.


Morning delivery is guaranteed to the following Madison zip codes, but only if requested: 53703, 53704, 53714, 53716, 53718 and Cottage Grove, DeForest, Maple Bluff, Marshall, McFarland, Monona, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and Windsor.

We begin our delivery day at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. We do not usually deliver after 4:00 unless specific exceptions are made with our drivers.

Except for holidays, the following west-side zip codes and communities are delivered only during the afternoon: 53705, 53706, 53711, 53713, 53717, 53719, 53726, Fitchburg, Middleton, Oregon, Shorewood Hills and Verona.

During holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.) we are able to make morning deliveries to all of the above areas. We are not able to take closely timed deliveries on any holiday due to the sheer volume of such requests.

It’s best to give us a range of time and we’ll try our absolute hardest. Orders for same day delivery must be placed by 12:30 p.m. or by 2:30 p.m. for Madison zip codes 53704 and 53714.


DEPARTMENT HEADS: Please refer all questions, concerns or feedback in the following departments to their appropriate supervisor.
Phone: 608/244-5661 or 888/244-5661


Horticulturalist & General Manager–Jamie VandenWymelenberg jamie@kleinsfloral.com
Accounts, Billing and Purchasing—Kathryn Derauf kathryn@kleinsfloral.com
Delivery Supervisor & Newsletter Coordinator—Rick Halbach rick@kleinsfloral.com
Owner, Floral Designer & Purchasing—Sue Klein sue@kleinsfloral.com


University of Wisconsin Extension
1 Fen Oak Ct. #138
Madison, WI 53718


Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
Dept. of Plant Pathology
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706


Insect Diagnostic Lab
240 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706


U.W. Soil and Plant Analysis Lab
8452 Mineral Point Rd.
Verona, WI 53593


American Horticultural Society


Garden Catalogs (an extensive list with links)


Invasive Species


Community Groundworks
3601 Memorial Dr., Ste. 4
Madison, WI 53704


Madison Area Master Gardeners (MAMGA)


Wisconsin Master Gardeners Program
Department of Horticulture
1575 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Madison, WI 53706


The Wisconsin Gardener


Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr.
Madison, WI 53706


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, WI 53704


Rotary Gardens
1455 Palmer Dr.
Janesville, WI 53545


University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711


University of Wisconsin-West Madison
Agricultural Research Center
8502 Mineral Point Rd.
Verona, WI 53593


Children may find the bright colors and different textures of plants irresistible, but some plants can be poisonous if touched or eaten. If you’re in doubt about whether or not a plant is poisonous, don’t keep it in your home. The risk is not worth it. The following list is not comprehensive, so be sure to seek out safety information on the plants in your home to be safe.
•Bird of paradise
•Bull nettle
•Castor bean
•Chinaberry tree
•Deadly nightshade
•Dieffenbachia (dumb cane)
•Glory lily
•Holly berry
•Indian tobacco
•Lily of the valley
•Mescal bean
•Morning glory
•Mountain laurel
•Night-blooming jasmine
•Poison ivy
•Poison sumac
•Water hemlock


Below is a list of some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals. This list is intended only as a guide to plants which are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction. Source: The National Humane Society website @ http://www.humanesociety.org/
•Autumn Crocus
•Black locust
•Carolina jessamine
•Castor bean
•Chinaberry tree
•Christmas berry
•Christmas Rose
•Common privet
•Corn cockle
•Cow cockle
•Day lily
•Delphinium (Larkspur)
•Dutchman’s breeches
•Easter lily
•Elephant’s ear
•English Ivy
•European Bittersweet
•Field peppergrass
•Horse nettle
•Jerusalem Cherry
•Lily of the valley
•Milk vetch
•Morning glory
•Poison hemlock
•Rosary pea
•Sago palm
•Skunk cabbage
•Star of Bethlehem
•Wild black cherry
•Wild radish
•Yellow jessamine