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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: Haworthia 'Variegated' (Haworthia truncata)

Haworthia 'Variegated'

(Haworthia truncata)

Where do you find these lovely suculants? I am in California....
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Burlington Rose Nursery

Review by bluebuster77:

No surprise for 2014 top 5 roses. Burling is very respectful person to do business with. Plants arrived on time, fast shipping,...
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BirdFiles: Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Monk Parakeet

(Myiopsitta monachus)

I rescued Peatree from an unhappy home over a year ago, the teenager refused to abide by his parents' rules for his chores....
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BugFiles: Writing Spider (Argiope aurantia)

Writing Spider

(Argiope aurantia)

Found this spider in our Freestone Co, east TX, property. It scared me to death, as it was as big as my hand. Upon researching,...
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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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Hello there! I bought my house in November and am just now having all kinds of flowers and shrubs bloom that I don't have the knowledge to identify. I absolutely adore this shrub in particular and would love to plant
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  Today in history: April 21  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: If you discover a four-leaf clover, be careful how you preserve it. You don't want to press your luck.

1500: Pedro Alvarez Cabral, Portuguese explorer, discovered Brazil while trying to find a western route to the Indies.

1661: Georg Joseph Kamel, German botanist, was born in Brno, Moravia (now Czech Republic.) He would botanize in the Philippines as a Jesuit missionary to the islands; the genus Camellia is named for him.

1818: Humphry Repton, English landscape designer, was born in Bury St. Edmonds. He would propose his ideas to his clients in a "red book" (for their binding) showing illustrated overlays of the before and after views.

1838: John Muir, explorer and naturalist was born in Dunbar, Scotland. His family immigrated to the U.S.; Muir would go on to explore much of western America and travel to Cape Town, South Africa.

1841: Charles Sprague Sargent, American botanist, was born. he would become the first director of the Arnold Arboretum. He teamed up with Frederick Law Olmstead on several projects and influenced conservation efforts in the forests of the Catskills and Adirondacks. Many plants are named in his honor.

1897: Emily Lovira Gregory, American botanist, died at the age of 56. She was the first American woman to hold a PhD in botany, which she received from the University of Zurich. She was the first female professor at Barnard College in New York, where she headed the botany department until her death.

2005: Oregon declared the pear its official state fruit.

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