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Hazards for your Pet, by Patricia Oelze

Beautiful but dangerous plants often come into our homes to brighten our holidays and winter months.

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Vertical Gardening: Best Products on the Market for Creating a Living Wall, by Shannon McKee

Vertical gardening is a beautiful way to have a garden in a small space. This non-traditional setup is sure to get a lot of glances, but what if you can't make your own?

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PlantFiles: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Ruby Eruption' (Iris )

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Ruby Eruption'

(Iris )

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2000; Award of Merit 2002; Cook-Douglas Medal 2006...
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Westbourne Daylilies

Review by ljb5966:

I just wanted to let everyone know I just found out Mary Jane Meadows passed away in December. She sent very nice plants....
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BirdFiles: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

(Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Hundreds of these birds pass through my property each spring staying only long enough to empty the seed feeders and permit...
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BugFiles: Jumping Spider (Phidippus johnsoni)

Jumping Spider

(Phidippus johnsoni)

Apparently has a nasty, painful bite, comparable to a bee or wasp sting. Definitely a critter to stay away from....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

A Nearly Native Nursery

5 stars
The owners are very nice and personable. They have so much knowledge and are very easy to talk to. All the plants i have...
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Gardening Book: Twenty Reasons Not To Garden (And Why I Ignore Them All)

Twenty Reasons Not To Garden (And Why I Ignore Them All)

Review by Fencebroke:

Funny, unique, and a little crazy. Unlike any other gardening book out there! Each of the twenty sections is brief enough...
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CLOSED: I\'ve had this plant for about a year.. any idea what it is?

This was given as a gift to me last year and I\'ve watered it from time to time. I\'ve looked in books and online, trying to figure out what it is, but no luck thus far. Maybe I\'m just not looking in the right
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  Today in history: February 20  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Just because it's cold doesn't mean your plants aren't thirsty. If there's rain in your recent past or future, they should be fine. But if not, look for a warm(er) day and give them some water. Just be sure to detatch and drain the hose when you're done.

1780: Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, died at the age of 72. He succeeded Frederik Ruysch as the Professor of Botany at Amsterdam, as well as director of the Amsterdam Botanic Garden; he was also a friend and correspondent of Linnaeus.

1868: John Christopher Willis, English botanist, was born at Birkenhead, England. He would become the director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Ceylon, and member of the Linnaean Society.

1890: Dr. Charles Christopher Parry, botanist known as the King of Colorado Botany, died at his home at Davenport, Iowa at the age of 66. He botanized with the U.S. Mexican Boundary Survey. Parry Peak in Colorado, along with numerous plants are named for him.

1902: Ansel Adams, photographer, was born in San Francisco. He would become renowned for his black-and-white photographs of the American west.

1904: Emile Laurent, Belgian botanist, died on a steamer, just off the coast of Sierra Leone following his third expedition into the Congo in central Africa. Several species are named in his honor.

1910: James John Howard Gregory, American seedsman, died at age 82 in his hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Gregory introduced a green Hubbard squash and the first cherry tomato to the seed trade. In 1875, he purchased the rights to the "best white potato" from Luther Burbank for $150; he named the potato 'Burbank' to honor the hybridizer.

1933: The Utah legislature adopted the blue spruce (Picea pungens) as its official state tree.

1962: Cecil Frederick Patterson, head of the horticulture department at the University of Saskatchewan, died at age 70. He was known for his work on hardy fruit and hybrid lilies.

1987: Thomas Roy created the "Hoodie-Hoo" holiday for the Northern Hemisphere. He submitted it to Chase's Calendar of Events and later copyrighted it. At noon (local time), those celebrating the holiday go outside and wave at the sun to encourage spring to begin.

1995: West Virginia declared the apple the official state fruit.

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