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“Ghetto Palm”

Our daughter Olivia loves the television show “Cake Boss”, Buddy Valastro’s show about his business Carlo’s Bakery. Known for a variety of cookies and elaborate cakes, it’s his cannoli that has helped turn our daughter into a “foodie”. Located on Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ,...

Paint Outside The Lines With ‘Picasso Paintbrush’

Every garden center carries an assortment of annual bedding plants in the spring and summer. For most, as soon as Mother’s Day arrives, their carts are filled impatiens, begonias and marigolds. Often I wonder why customers fall into a rut, planting the same thing over...

Somewhere Between Cerulean and Arctic

Ice Breakers sugar free peppermint gum is a Hershey’s candy product that has been in their portfolio since 2000. Acquired from Nabisco, this intense minty gum is wrapped in electric blue and every time I see this product, on the shelf at our local convenience...

Network of Quality Trees

“Network is a 1976 American satirical black comedy-drama film about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film won four Academy Awards and in 2000, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of...

Denizens of The Swamp

One of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen is at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center located in National Harbor, Maryland. This hotel, located in the Oxon Hill community, opened in 2008. August of 2014 I resided there for a few days...

Mind Games

One of the responsibilities at our garden center is snow removal. January 23rd and 24th of this year marked a historic storm where the snowfall was measured in feet. New York City’s Central Park missed an all time record by only 1/10th of an inch...

‘Swizzlestick’

     Plant names have intrigued me for as long as I can remember. Botanical, common and cultivar names have always been fun for me and at times, challenging to remember. Take the name ‘Swizzlestick’ for example. A cultivar name purposely given to evoke images of...

My Korean Sweetheart

“He saw potential in plants and in people, profoundly influencing lives and altering careers and personal directions” (Chlorophyll In His Veins; J.C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador). Bobby Ward’s literary work Chlorophyll In His Veins, describes the man J.C. Raulston who was responsible for building the...

Peju

    There are moments in life, as they come along, that you know you will hold close to you for the rest of your life. Our annual trip to Napa and Sonoma counties, with dear friends, is a trip focused as much around great food...

A Surprise From My Wife & Daughter

   “Out there, there’s a world outside of Yonkers. Way out there beyond this hick town, Barnaby. There’s a slick town, Barnaby. Out there, full of shine and full of sparkle. Close your eyes and see it glisten, Barnaby. Listen, Barnaby…” Famous words from the...