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Plant a tree (Arbor Day), by Gemma Alexander

Arbor Day is about planting trees, but it's also about planning for the future. Make your Arbor Day tree-planting a success by choosing the right tree for the right place. Here's how.

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PlantFiles: Early 'Asao' (Clematis )

Early 'Asao'

(Clematis )

This clematis tends to bloom heavily for me during the spring....
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High Country Roses

Review by clantonnaomi:

This is the best review I could give a company. High Country Roses is one of the very best online sites there is. I have...
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BirdFiles: Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-tailed Hawk

(Buteo jamaicensis)

A common sight by high-traffic areas in trees, on light poles, and even on power lines, looking for lunch. Dramatic looking...
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BugFiles: Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes)

Golden Silk Spider

(Nephila clavipes)

I have never in my life seen this kind of spider until today, and I'm dumb enough to play with the thing. This ones wed wasn't...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Garden Spot Farm

5 stars
This is a wonderful little garden center. The emphasis is on plants rather than \"stuff\" but they do have a shop too. ...
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Gardening Book: Taylor's Guide to Fruits and Berries

Taylor's Guide to Fruits and Berries

Review by Ben234563:

I will second the above review by saying it is (surprisingly) the most comprehensive book on fruit growing I have yet encountered. ...
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Water Fountain question

This isn't a pond question, but involves water, so just wanted some input.

I had a grandiose idea the other day about making a water fountain in my new landscaping project that we will be undertaking since
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  Today in history: April 20  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Don't sell yourself short. Remember that caterpillars rarely if ever imagine themselves as beautiful butterflies.

1739: William Bartram, botanist and son of John Bartram, was born at Kingsessing, Pennsylvania. (His family bible recorded the date as Feb. 9 according to the old Quaker calendar.) He would explore the southeastern U.S. and advise the first generation of naturalists exploring the new territories of the U.S.

1869: Mary Agnes (Meara) Chase, American botanist and agrologist, was born in Iroquois County, Illinois. She would collect over 10,000 species of grasses, and revise "Hitchcock's Manual of the Grasses of the United States", the definitive source on the subject, as well as write her own "First Book of Grasses: The Structure of Grasses Explained for Beginners."

1955: New York adopted the rose (any type or color) as the official state flower.

2006: New Hampshire declared the pumpkin its official state vegetable.

2007: The state of Washington named the 'Walla Walla' onion as its official edible bulb.

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