Bring Dad to our Father's Day Tree Sale!

Hello, again!

On Friday I head out on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route for another trip on my bicycle, generally following the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The trip has taken me 29 days to complete in the past; naturally I’d like to ride it faster, but there are so many environmental factors that go into the ride that it’s difficult to keep on schedule. The weather, snowpack, river crossings, food, mechanicals, they all play into the ride equation.

Before my first trip down in 2015, Dr. Kara, a cyclist and physician friend strongly advised me to keep bug spray on me as I rode. She told me that I didn’t want to contract Lyme Disease from ticks or West Nile from mosquitoes. I took heed and now always keep bug spray handy. Thanks, Kara.

Another weapon against insect nuisance on my trip that I’ll use is Green Armor Insect Repellent. It’s a ready-to-use permethrin spray that adds an odorless layer of protection to shirts, jackets, pants, socks, shoes, sleeping bags, tents, netting, and other outdoor gear. The permethrin spray bonds to fabric fibers and continues killing and repelling biting insects for up to 6 weeks. I’ve used it in the past while working in wooded areas where I’ve had an issue with ticks, and it’s very effective.

I hope you’ll follow me along with local cyclists and my friends Tyler Branine, Cassidy Cheray, Tyler Stutzman, Doug Hines and Randy Neill - AKA the ‘Wichita Lineman’ - as we ride the Great Divide. We’ll be out there the next few weeks. You can follow us at

One thing that I love about the trip is the scenery, not only the Rocky Mountains, but also the Desert Southwest of New Mexico. As a plant person, the flora of all the regions fascinates me. Traveling on mostly forest service roads, we are treated with the native plants of all of the zones. We’ll see everything from the tiny alpine plants blooming high in the mountains and deserts to the large conifers that grace the forest areas. Many of the flowering plants are wonderful pollinator plants that we can easily grow in our gardens to attract butterflies and help provide a natural habitat for a crucial part of our ecosystem.

Stop by the stores and check out our Pollinator Palooza where our collection of native and pollinator plants are on sale, regularly $4.99 now 10 for $25! Now through the 19th.

Also check out how you can join Tyler Branine, Cassidy Cheray and myself as we raise funds in support of HumanKind Ministries here in Wichita. Thank you when you’ve rounded up your purchases at the garden centers this spring. We’re matching those donations so we can make a bigger impact together for those facing homelessness in Wichita.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Centers