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Day of Service

Hello Fellow Readers, Its humbling to witness what can be done when we work together to weed out undesirables; making way for new beginnings and offering a helping hand. Nearly 500 students, teachers and staff of Blair Academy, located in Blairstown NJ, mobilized on May 19th to help o
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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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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

Fig Pig

Hello Fellow Readers, Greetings from Cape May located at the very tip of New Jersey. It’s a joy to walk the streets of the Victorian architecture which has attracted vacationers since the mid-18th century designating Cape May as the country’s oldest seaside resort. Glorious gardens ab
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About Mary

Hello fellow readers, The Shrewsbury NJ Garden Club invited me to speak during their 60th anniversary celebration and asked that I send a biography. It’s an honor to give a talk. A bit nerve wracking too, speaking in front of a group of folks. A membership with Toastmasters in Hackett
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Lessons from The Secret Garden

Hello fellow readers, Once again I write from Virginia and admit I’m weary. Witnessing a loved one suffer is heartbreaking; Mom’s greatest suffering is from fear. When I arrived Saturday her deep cough and spiked fever seemed inevitable. To sooth her, I began reading an abridged child
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Community Plunge

Hello fellow readers, The Blairstown’s Village Green, also known as the pocket park where the old Community Center once stood, benefited from a weeding frenzy and a hefty load of mulch. Thanks to a busload of energetic students from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Patti Doell w
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Nooks and Crannies

Hello fellow readers, Natural stone paths are charming; especially decorated with cute little plants in the nooks and crannies. Done well, they look as though Mother Nature has invited you to meander. Rachel of Bangor PA asked how to create a step stone path with plants that won’t min
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Watering Protocol

Hello fellow readers, In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been hot and dry. I’m all for zero-scaping, the trendy phonetic spelling of xeriscaping; also known as drought-tolerant or smart-scaping. In a nutshell, choose plants whose cultural needs fit our climate and avoid losing wa
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Springfest Retires

Hello fellow readers, I recently attended the Springfest Retirement gathering of organizer volunteers. Yes, the Springfest Garden Show held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta NJ is retiring after 20 years. As the 20th Anniversary unfolded, reports at the register and the crow