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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 most enormous suffering is from fear. When I arrived Saturday, her deep cough and spiked fever seemed inevitable. To soothe her, I began readi
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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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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
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Spring Garden Honey-dos

Hello fellow readers, Indeed, it feels like spring has arrived early but don’t let Mother Nature fool you into starting seeds too early in the garden. Check seed packs for when to start them outside. It’s time to start seeds indoors though; the rule of thumb is 8 weeks before th
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Frog Watch USA

Hello fellow readers, On Leap Day, I attended a Frog Watch training hosted by Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills NJ. The training was led by Tedor Whitman, Executive Director, of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) also in Short Hills. CHA is now an official Chapter Leader for Frog Watch
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Color Fix at Meadowbrook Farm

Hello fellow readers, I had the privilege of visiting the in-process plants for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the Springfest Garden Show. Meadowbrook Farms of Jenkintown PA is major player in propagating plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show as well. My colleague Marty Carson of
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Preservation of the Paulinskill

Hello fellow readers, A friend from Stillwater stumped me when he asked what the plastic tubes are along route 80 and 94. The plastic thingies look like tree tubes of sorts but the mystery is, you can’t see any signs of trees. Curt (my better half) thought the tubes were part of a Sup
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Good Morning Sunshine!

This is the view I enjoyed this morning after the last few days of heavy rain, heat and humidity. Glorious Rays of Sunshine! So grateful…
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Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

Hello fellow readers, Last week wrapped up the 75th annual NJ State Fair held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. In addition to the display gardens of which we were part, there were rides, vendors and food galore; largely not healthful but part of the fun. Best of all was th