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November 7, 2017
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Tulips on Trees

Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States when he wrote, “Altho’ the times are big with political events, yet I shall say nothing on that or any subject but the innocent ones of botany and friendship.” Jefferson kept to … Continue reading

October 10, 2016
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Cucumber Magnolia

Several weeks ago, as I was prepping for a local shade tree tour, one of the tour organizers sent me a picture of a “mystery tree” that was growing on private property on our chosen route.  The picture showed little, … Continue reading

December 14, 2015
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Sourwood

Friends often ask me to identify mystery plants and those identification attempts sometimes lead me on voyages of discovery. Not long ago I took one of those trips. My friend asked me to look at a mystery tree growing only … Continue reading

June 22, 2015
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Smoke Bush

Those twentieth century poet/troubadours, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, captured a universal sentiment when they penned the words “I get by with a little help from my friends.”  Most gardeners would agree.  I depend on friends for inspiration and friendly … Continue reading