Jeanine Rubert is co-owner of Pine Hill, a two-part nursery and landscaping business located in Traverse City and Torch Lake. A current participant of Go Beyond Beauty, Pine Hill is a fantastic resource for all of your gardening needs. Visit their website to learn more and read on below to hear a bit more from Jeanine!
What is the mission of Pine Hill – do you have a focus that will be a special draw to customers?
The main mission here at Pine Hill is to help people be successful gardeners, no matter what their experience level. Our tag line says it all, though: Growing a better world, one garden at a time! That is our primary focus, because how can we grow a better world if we poison it in the process? We do this by promoting sustainability in the garden. Among the tenants of sustainability are limiting lawn size, irrigate efficiently, prune conservatively and use native and appropriate non-native plants.
Why did you join Go Beyond Beauty?
We joined the Go Beyond Beauty campaign because it fits in perfectly with
our own beliefs.
On a personal (or business) level, why do you think people should transition to native/non-invasive gardens?
There has been a learning curve even for us, so we understand that our customers are learning too. I have always been a proponent of gardening where you are, so the use of natives is a natural extension of that belief. As we learn more about the plight of pollinators and loss of habitat for wildlife, it only makes sense that as gardeners, we do our best to help by making choices that not only provide beauty for us, but food and habitat for them! It’s easy to get in the rut of planting only what is familiar and widely used and available, so it has been fun and rewarding to help our customers think in a new and creative way when helping them choose plants for their landscape.
What is your favorite native plant and why?
It’s very hard to choose just one plant as my favorite, so I’ll mention a few. Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly weed, is one of my favorite perennials. I love the bright orange flowers and its tough nature. Serviceberry, Amelanchier, is one of my favorite native trees because of its 4 seasons of interest, flowers in spring, followed by berries in the summer, wonderful fall color and smooth bark for winter interest. I also love Ilex verticillata for those brilliant red berries in the winter! I am a big fan of Bearberry, Prairie dropseed, Little bluestem, Joe-Pye-Weed and Wintergreen. I could go on, but you get the picture!
This fall, ISN is pleased to offer two workshops in addition to our annual invasive shrub removal days. Held in Grand Traverse and Benzie counties, these workshops will focus on the best techniques for identifying invasive species commonly found in this region. Participants will also learn about management options available – with a focus on the typical landowner. ISN staff will present on both subjects and be available to answer any questions you may have. Following the one-hour workshop, we will venture outside to a neighboring natural area. Here, we will get an opportunity to practice our new ID skills while searching for and removing invasive shrubs.
In Manistee and Leelanau Counties, workbees will resemble those in years past. Please meet at the designated site and from there, after a brief orientation, we will head out on the trail and start tackling invasive species!
For all workbees, please plan to bring work gloves and hand tools that may be useful in removing shrubs. Loppers and hand-saws are recommended. If you prefer lighter work, there may also be the opportunity to remove berries from mature plants (to prevent their spread). Catered refreshments will be provided for all to enjoy after our hard work! Please RSVP to ISN Outreach Specialist, Emily Cook at (231)941-0960 x20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up by visiting this site. We look forward to seeing you!
Manistee County Woody Invasives Workbee
When: Friday, September 9 — 10:00am-noon
Where: Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary
About: Join us to remove woody invasives from the beautiful Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary in Manistee County. We will be targeting species like Japanese barberry, autumn olive, and honeysuckle.
Grand Traverse County Woody Invasives Workshop and Bee
When: Saturday, September 10 — 9:00am-11:30am
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
About: Both the workshop and shrub removal will take place at the Boardman River Nature Center.
Leelanau County Woody Invasives Workbee
When: Friday, September 23 — 10:00am-noon
Where: Clay Cliffs Natural Area, Leland
About: Join ISN and the Leelanau Conservancy to remove woody invasives from the beautiful Clay Cliffs Natural Area in Leelanau County. We will be targeting species like buckthorn, autumn olive, and honeysuckle.
Benzie County Woody Invasives Workshop and Bee
When: Saturday, September 24 — 9:00am-11:30
Where: Grow Benzie and Railroad Point Natural Area
About: Meet at Grow Benzie for the workshop portion. After, we will carpool across the road to Railroad Point Natural Area for the ID hike and shrub removal.
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