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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
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The Gift of Sharing Growth

Hello Fellow Readers, As I write it’s the day after Thanksgiving which has been coined Black Friday; hyped in the media earlier each year with “Shop Black Friday Deals Early” plastered everywhere starting in late-October. Since 1932, per Wikipedia, the day after Thanksgiving Day
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We’re All Just Seeds

Hello Fellow Readers, There’s a country song by written by Pat Alger and Ralph Murphy, sung by Kathy Mettea, that I’ve always been drawn to. The chorus of Seeds speaks volumes starting with “We’re all just seeds in God’s hands. We start the same, but where we land is sometimes f
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Bee Kind

Hello Fellow Readers, There’s quite a buzz about widely-used insecticides impacting our pollinators. One out of every three bites of food depend on a pollinator; hence they are critical to our food supply. Digging through research, there are varying opinions on the effect of insectici
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Growing Around Septic Systems

Hello Fellow Readers, Last week we shared Pam and Ed’s steep garden dilemma leading to the flat back forty where their septic field is. Ed thought it best not to plant anything over the field as the root systems could interfere. It’s true it’s not good to plant trees, large shrubs or