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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work

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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work
Working at the Missouri Botanical Garden has proven to have many benefits but one of the best is being able to get out and walk this world-class garden on a regular basis.  The changing seasons brings a new perspective to the landscape and fall is assuredly one of our most beautiful in St. Louis.  While strolling near Henry Shaw’s mausoleum, I stopped to admire several very large bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) and the sea of unusual acorns they produce.  After collecting a fe...
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Mum’s the Word

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Mum’s the Word
The chrysanthemum (or mum as it is commonly known) is a fall classic that conjures up thoughts of crisp nights, warm apple cider and gatherings around the outdoor fire pit for stories and laughter.  Mums are typically purchased for a brief burst of color in the fall garden and are appealing because they bloom prolifically well after other garden plants have worn out for the season.  Hundreds of types of chrysanthemums are available with variations mostly in color, size and form.  ...
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Is It Ashes For All The Ashes?

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Is It Ashes For All The Ashes?
Not for my ash tree – at least for now.  The decision to protect the green ash tree (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) in our yard did not come lightly.  Much deliberation over saving this tree has occurred over the last several months since hearing that this spring the destructive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis) has officially been found in the St. Louis area.  In anticipation of this day, I have spent countless hours availing myself of the numerous articles and helpful...
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