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December 10, 2017
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Oregon Grape Holly

When you think about the intelligent, courageous and, inevitably, flawed people who founded our country, a host of names come to mind.  Bernard McMahon’s is not among them.  However, McMahon—1775-1816—knew or corresponded with many of the political and horticultural notables … Continue reading

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 2, 2017
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Blue Boneset

Late fall is dominated by orange, red, russet and gold, as brilliant leaves, goldenrod and millions of cushion mums crash together in a colorful, season-ending plant eruption.  But the prelude to all that brilliance rolls through in early fall, in … Continue reading

August 21, 2017
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Bigger Than Your Head

I saw a woman at the Farmer’s Market last week with a bouquet of huge dahlias.  They weren’t quite dinner plate-size, but they would put the average butter plate to shame.  It occurred to me then that mid-summer is no … Continue reading