Okay, okay, this isn’t Jurassic Park, and this plant is no resurrected dinosaur. But what a delightful sight: a lovely wild Phlox maculatum coming up in a landscaped bed in the middle of campus! This phlox is so pretty that it’s a popular garden plant for those in the know about growing natives. My gardening friends tell me it’s easy to grow and less susceptible to disease than its cultivated relatives. There is some phlox or other blooming throughout the growing season, beginning with our woodland wildflower, Phlox divaricata, to the roadside P. amoeba, and now P. maculatum at the culmination of the season. Hate to see the season ending, but this plant helps usher it out in style!