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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

December 22, 2014
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Fig Dreams

Not long ago a friend described the process of wrapping her fig tree—Ficus carica–for the winter.  The image triggered a cascade of memories, going back to my childhood in western New York State.  My town had a very large Italian-American … Continue reading