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20 QUESTIONS FOR “THE DR.”

Published January 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff I happened into the world of horticulture simply by needing a summer job after my freshman year at Rutgers University. Metropolitan Plant Exchange in West Orange, New Jersey is where my formal education began. Two of my most favorite people in this...

DISNEY MAGIC

Published December 30, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff When my brother found out that my wife and I were expecting our daughter he said, “How great, you have a chance to live your childhood all over again”. Truer words were never spoken! This past month, my wife and I took...

VANILLA LANDSCAPES

Published November 13, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff  This article really is unlike most of my other articles. Loaded more with opinion than fact I want to tackle the controversial subject of “Branded Plants”. Recently I watched a short video from Greenhouse Management Magazine, online, that talked with industry professionals...

Engaging Fall Color

Article written for patch.com There is so much to look forward to this time of year. Cooler temperatures, fall harvest themes, fresh apple cider and fall color on deciduous ornamentals. The very simple answer as to why trees change color, in the fall, is because shorter...

FANTASTIC FALL COLOR

Published October 5, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff Without a doubt autumn is my favorite time of year! Cool, crisp nights allow you to leave your windows open, fresh apple cider, pumpkin picking, fall harvests and most importantly, to me, fall color. Deciduous trees begin to put on a display...

VIDEO: AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS VISIT BERKELEY HEIGHTS TO PROMOTE FALL GARDENING MONTH

Published September 22, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff Berkeley Heights celebrates Agriculture Day at Hall’s Garden Center with Senator Tom Kean, Jr. and Mayor Joe Bruno New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association (NJNLA) President Jan-Marie Traynor today kicked off the first official...

“DREADLOCKS”

Published September 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff One of the things I love about plants is the image they can conjure up. While the total landscape can leave an indelible impression in your mind of beauty, I like dissecting the parts and seeing the individual beauty of a plant....

Exciting Plants for the Fall Season

Article written for www.patch.com    This month I want to talk about two very exciting plants. One I have been monitoring at our garden center since April and the other is a fantastic plant year round… especially in the autumn. Magnolia ‘March til Frost’ has been performing...

AN UNFORGETTABLE BREAKFAST

Published August 8, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist Believe it or not I have been touring nurseries in the Garden State and purchasing plant material for Spring 2012. To ensure quality, voice issues that may have arisen this past year, learn new plants and simply...

“I’m Telling You for the Last Time”

Article written for www.patch.com  When I was thinking about what to write for this month, Endless Summer Hydrangea just came to me. There has been a marketing craze, with this plant, that has been going on for several years now. Perhaps the hottest new plant to...