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Holly Tea Olive, A True Christmas Gift

It’s no secret that over the last decade the “Green Industry”, garden centers and growers, have had their fair share of botanical struggles. Hemlocks have woolly adelgid, oaks have bacterial leaf scorch (BLS) disease, elms have Dutch elm disease and elm bark beetle, impatiens have...

A Great Western Trio

Recently back from our family vacation, this year we decided to visit a national park that is nearly 3,500 square miles. Mostly in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park also runs through parts of Montana and Idaho. Dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, mudpots, fumaroles, geysers, more wildlife than...

My Own, Private, 5K Fall Classic

Having been an avid runner for most of my life, my first footrace came when I was just five years old. On a beach, down the Jersey shore, I completed that 5K run, 3.1 miles, and really never looked back. Having had some national experience...

Water Wise

Perhaps the most common question I am asked when selling a new plant is, “how much water should I give it?” A quick and easy answer is 2 or 3 times a week. A better answer is, put your hand in the soil and feel...

A Quintessential Tree

A frustration of mine is customers who continually buy the same tree or shrub over and over again simply because they have heard the name. Dogwood, cherry, magnolia and redbud certainly have their place in the world, but what about a tree that can offer...

Handpicked for You™

Having never been a fan of “plant guarantees”, there is a new idea on the horizon that I feel will help bridge the gap of a plant’s success, one that the customer and merchant are so desperately looking for. Acknowledging...

‘Evening Light’

One of the most beautiful trees you will ever come across in a landscape is Japanese Snowbell, Styrax japonicus. A gorgeous tree native to Japan, China and Korea, Styrax grows twenty to thirty feet tall with an equal spread. ...

One Off My Bucket List

This past February I was invited on a trip of a lifetime. The kind of trip that has you “one” with nature and leaves you absolutely speechless. Flying into Bozeman, Montana, I quickly understood what “Big Sky Country” meant and...

Truths From Our Trusted Employees

A few months back I posed a question to all our employees, “What do you wish our customers knew about the gardening industry?” Sort of a homework assignment for them, I gave them the weekend to ponder their ideas and...

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