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Wordsmiths Evoke Fond Memories

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” Albert Camus. A French philosopher, author and journalist, Albert Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44, the second youngest to receive this illustrious prize. His most famous...

Friendship Is a Gift

Over the years many of our customers have become good friends. Horticulture, specifically gardening, seems to be a gateway for other conversations. And while politics, religion and money sometimes present themselves (three things my parents told me to avoid talking about with friends), travel, entertainment...

Copious Nursery Notes from the PNW

The lawn and garden industry is tenacious to say the least! Over the past decade issues like Sudden Oak Death disease (SOD), Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), Impatiens with downy mildew, Basil downy mildew, Black Knot disease on plum and cherry trees, Rose Rosette disease (RRD),...

Reflecting in Our Garden

“I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it” Jack Dawson, Titanic. I love movies and I love this quote! Every morning I wake up to a Ginkgo tree deliberately planted outside our bedroom window simply because it brings me happiness. When...

Whiteout

This past spring there seemed to be an explosion of color in our landscapes. Every couple of years the stars seem to align and many deciduous beauties bloom, overlapping one another. Forsythia, magnolia, cherries, crabapples and pear trees were all blooming at the same time...

Smokin’ Hot

There is a tree I have been meaning to write about about for some time, but the timing never seemed right. A tree type, I feel, that is so underappreciated and certainly underused. I have friends who, on occasion, surprise me and ask questions about...

Chaos at Sea and Beyond

It’s no secret COVID-19 has changed the world. Daily routines, social distancing, business models and personal health have been tested at every corner of our planet. This global pandemic has changed the world and has us all appreciating happier days, longing for our lifestyles to...

Remembering My Friend

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing” -Abraham Lincoln. Just over one year now since I lost one of my most dear friends responsible, in part, for my...

Virtual Learning

Winter months, for those in the garden center industry, are all about some welcomed “down time”, repairs and improvements to infrastructure and attending trade shows and educational seminars. One of the largest trade shows in the country is the MANTS show (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show),...

Plants that can take a beating

My two brother-in-law’s and I have been snow plowing the same condominium complex for nearly three decades. And it seems we have been having the same conversation, over and over again, about where to put all the snow when it piles up. Our contention has...