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Oklahoma City, OK

September 10, 2012
5:36 AM

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I might add, however, many family-owned nurseries in this area are going out of business as a result of the two-year drought that has plagued us. The 90+ year-old nursery where I have worked for several years just closed recently. This has meant that discerning gardeners have found some very good buys on what are normally rather expensive plants and trees-- large, half price Japanese Maples for example! This is great, but for beginners in this area (at least until we see what the weather does for the next few years) the best buys may well be natives, near natives, and generally drought hardy plants and trees. Just because the price is low does not mean that a plant is the right plant for every garden or every gardener. Beginners should not jump up and buy normally expensive and demanding plants without doing a little research (Plant Files is a good tool!) to be sure they know what they are in for. Water rationing is taking a toll on plants and I sure hate to see good plants die because of ignorance.

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