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May 2023 Newsletter

Engage  |  Garden |  Learn  |  Plant  |  Research

Engage: With the FWBG | BRIT Community

Research: From Plant to Planet

Garden: What's in Bloom

For Reliable Summer Color, Look to Red Yucca

Many plants flower in May and into June, but as the temperatures rise, the blooms fade away and then stop altogether. Not red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora.) This Texas native combines easy care and drought tolerance with reliable color all summer long. “It’s one of the most carefree plants you can find,” says Sr. Horticulturist Steve Huddleston.

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Plant: The Seeds of an Environmental STEM Education

Girl in field blows dandelions

Turn to Nature to Support Mental Health in Children

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, when Americans are urged to recognize the toll of mental illness, fight stigma and advocate for better support for the millions of people affected. One increasingly important area of focus: Children. Mental illness among children is caused by a bewildering array of factors, but no matter the exact situation, parents and other caregivers can adopt one simple strategy to buttress the mental health of the children and adolescents they love. They can foster a connection to nature.

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Girl running outdoors
Painting of purple flowers on tan background
Close up photo of Begonia fritschiana
Red yucca plant in bloom