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Holiday Tree at Kemper Center

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Holiday Tree at Kemper Center
The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is all decked out in its finest holiday decorations! This year’s theme is a “Victorian Christmas” so you will see wonderful creations made from materials used in the 1800s such as pinecones, dried and fresh flowers, fruit, pages from ladies magazines, fabric, doilies, and candles. Since origami was a theme used throughout the year, we made origami stars and snowflakes along with felt cardinal birds for a pop of color and pinecones with cryst...
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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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Posted in: Fall | Tags: ash , emerald ash borer , insects , native trees , trees | Comments (0) | View Count: (720)