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The Effect of a Mild Winter

For the most part, this winter has been uncharacteristically mild with inadequate precipitation in our area.  Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC states, “The Northeast region had their fifth warmest December on record, and January has been warmer than average.”  This pattern has seemed to continue into [...]

In or Out?

It’s safe to say, during these winter weeks we all spend most of our time cooped up inside-whether at home, work, or foraging for necessities (shopping). This season does offer some different opportunities for venturing outside. If there isn’t a nearby park or trail within walking distance, here are some worth going the extra mile [...]

Oregon: A 7-Day Extravaganza

Tim and I just returned from a fabulous trip to Oregon for the annual Perennial Plant Association symposium. Self described as” plant nerds” or (plantaholics) we couldn’t resist a 7-day extravaganza visiting Oregon’s leading nurseries, garden centers, and tours of private and public gardens. We rubbed elbows with leaders in our industry: landscape designers, horticulturalist, [...]

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