• Bea Heissler
    Most of us have been instilled with a sense of order. We naturally look for patterns to help us make sense of our surroundings. Chaos shakes us up and makes us uncomfortable. I grew up on a farm where plants were seeded or planted in straight lines set apart at
  • Bea Heissler
    When we get absorbed by the little things that tantalize, frustrate, anger and amuse, we fail to see the big picture.  Whether it’s relationships, politics, social status, or picture-perfect gardens, they can blind us to reality.   This is the age of advanced telescopes that can focus on the far
  • Bea Heissler
    There is a natural tendency toward biodiversity built into living things.  In plants, this is achieved through cross-pollination and mutation.  When a plant produces seeds there will always be some degree of variation within the offspring.  Some may fail to thrive while others may be more successful than average.  The
  • Bea Heissler
    Declining biodiversity is one of the most serious issues today.  With the growing demands of the human population, species in all parts of the world are being stressed due to climate change, habitat loss, and pollution.  We are seeing unprecedented rates of extinction.   As landowners and gardeners, we need to
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    Bea Heissler
    Article by Bay of Quinte Tourism In Harmony With Nature: Natural Themes Native Plant Nursery
  • Bea Heissler
    In 2006, I took early retirement from a position in outdoor education to start a native plant nursery in Frankford, Ontario.  For those who recognize the importance of biodiversity and wanted to turn their yards into havens for wildlife, it was hard to find plants native to this general area.

3 Responses

  1. Catharine Shannon says:

    Thanks ever so much Bea for sharing your invaluable perspective from direct experiences that the majority of us have not had!

  2. Linda Tighe says:

    What an incredible story!! I am mesmerized from start to finish. On our property we have about 1/3 acres where I hope to create something similar. Lovely hearing of your success!

  3. Anne Bremner says:

    Thank you Bea for this inspiring blog. The reforested areas are beautiful, as is the meadow. ‘Patience is vital as is faith in the natural order’ will become our new mantra.

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