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“Urgent Action Needed”

Hello Fellow Readers, I received an email from AmericanHort that “Urgent Action is Needed”. “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is evaluating whether to further restrict uses of synthetic pyrethroid insecticides.” Anything urgent and pertaining to the protection of our environm
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Dreaded Canker Disease

Hello Fellow Readers, Hector and Judy of Morristown NJ, longtime clients become friends, have a “Big and Little” vignette of blue spruces that have begun to decline. Their little blue looks as though the needles were stripped from the lower branches. “Did the deer do this to my baby b
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“It wants to fly”

  “It wants to fly,” explained Jonathan Taylor as we were taking off. I shivering inside surely due to the below freezing temps (not). Jon, I called him then, is long ago friend from my NYC radio days at Kiss-FM. Last Saturday he visited by way of plane. During breakfast at the R
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Love your Garden of Life

Hello Fellow Readers, I find inspiration in the wisdom of Mike Dooley, a speaker and author including two New York Times bestsellers. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Mike a few years back in Philadelphia while attending one of his talks. I thought I’d share insights gained fro
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Power amongst History & Nature

Hello Fellow Readers, While visiting dear Mom in a nursing home in Virginia, we stumbled upon a historic place along the James River and took respite amongst nature. Along the drive into Henricus Historical Park in Chester VA is an electric plant powered by coal owned by Dominion R
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Lessons from Henricus Park

Hello Fellow Readers, There was a gap in the publication cycle of The Press during the holidays so I thought I’d post a behind the scenes of next week’s story… While traveling with Curt and our canine kid Miss Ellie to visit Mom in a nursing home in Virginia these last three years, we
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A Look Back and Forward

Hello Fellow Readers, Thanks to all of you our Garden Dilemma chats have run for 239 weeks and counting! We shared a range of topics this last year from the most recent ones – the history of poinsettias known as the Flowers of the Holy Night and the Magnitude of Promise of 5,000
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Flowers of the Holy Night

Hello Fellow Readers, Poinsettias are one of the most popular plants to decorate our homes for Christmas. I recall the first time seeing them growing outside in Florida while walking the neighborhood with my folks who lived there for over 30 years. Poinsettias as tall as the houses! C
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Garden Clubs… a magnitude of Promise

Hello Fellow Readers, Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with garden clubs and participating in their activities. I didn’t realize until digging into history, the magnitude and impact of garden clubs across the country, even the world. The first garden club in America
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Best of Show: Winter Predictions 2016-17

Hello Fellow Readers, Four the last three years we’ve shared winter weather predictions based on our local expert – the Eastern Pennsylvania Weather Authority (EPAWA) which also serves Northern New Jersey. In reviewing last year’s predictions, let’s just say their lengthy discla