What's New?- Go native with bee balm

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hudson Valley gardeners continue to discover the virtues of plants indigenous to our region. Bee balm (Monarda didyma) was used by Native American tribes for a variety of purposes, from dressing wounds to seasoning bird. Its antiseptic properties come from the naturally occurring Thymol, the active ingredient in Listerine. The Catskill Native Nursery sells bee balm in several sizes, from a quart to a gallon and a half. They also offer a bee balm print, a reproduction from Thomas Meehan's book Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States published in 1879 by Louis Prang. The original drawings were by Alois Lunzer and were printed as chromolithographs. Catskill owner Francis Groeters produces each print using fade-resistant inks on 8 1/2” x 11" matte finish paper so they look antique. Other wildflowers and ferns are available. Bee balm, two-quart container,


$9. Bee balm print, $7.

Catskill Native Nursery, 607 Samsonville Rd., Kerhonkson.

Categories: General,Going Green,Home and Garden

Tags: bee balm,Hudson Valley gardeners,natural products,gardening,art

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