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Preparing and Using Hard Shelled Gourds, by Bonnie Grant

Gourds are more than just a funny looking fruit. As the world's largest botanical fruit, gourds have a long and enduring place in history and are coming back as objets d'arte for the modern crafter.

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The Rare Torrey Pine, by Kelli Kallenborn

The Torrey pine is the rarest pine in the United States and one of the rarest pines in the world. There are estimated to be around 9,000 trees in the wild. That may sound like a fairly large number, but if the trees were planted tree farm style at 25 feet apart, all 9,000 would fit on a farm of around 130 acres.

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PlantFiles: Forest Bell Bush (Mackaya bella)

Forest Bell Bush

(Mackaya bella)

I've had this plant for years (potted); I never put it in the ground, so far. Easy to take cuttings. I had it in shade and...
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Thuja Gardens (formerly PlantsRus)

Review by Raedwulf:

Two years ago I ordered 75 Leyland Cypress and 75 Murray Cypress seedlings from another retailer online. I was happy enough...
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BirdFiles: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron

(Ardea herodias)

My spouse and I have seen this bird a couple of times at Balboa Park in San Diego, and once at the Irvine Ranch Water District...
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BugFiles: Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Red-spotted Purple

(Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

You can't stop looking at their wings...breathtaking to see in person. "Preferred host plants: birches, including Betula...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

The Flower Factory

4 stars
There is no better place for perennials for miles and miles around. On a busy Saturday in May their parking lot was filled...
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Gardening Book: Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities

Review by AnneThierfelder:

Really fun and informative with interesting historical accounts of encounters with some of the book's subjects. The cover...
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  Today in history: October 28  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: When planning where to site those fall-planted trees and shrubs, speak now or forever hold your peace. It's a lot easier to change locations before you dig the hole.

1755: Jacques-Julien Labilllardiere, French botanist, was born at Alencon. He would explore the Near East and the Mediterranean, collecting about 1000 specimens.

1758: John Sibthorp, English botanist, was born. He would take part in the founding of the Linnean Society and published "Flora Oxoniensis"; his two botanizing trips to Greece were used as the basis for the posthumous publishing of "Flora Graeca" and "Florae Graecae Prodromus."

1844: Dr. Mary Katharine Layne Curran Brandegee, was born in western Tennessee. She would edit a series of bulletins of the California Academy of Sciences, and Zoe, a journal of botanical observations from the western U.S.

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