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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: (687)

A Very Festive and Educational Year

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A Very Festive and Educational Year
This spring and summer the Center featured a cornucopia of fun and festive displays and demonstrations. There were creative uses of recycled materials to new and creative uses of plants (both live and dried) to new trends in gardening and weekly fresh flower arrangements. Here is an overview of what made this spring and summer fun, educational and inspiring for all our visitors: March - 2015 to Current: Sustainable Art Demonstrations Using Recycled Materials Chinese dragon (from recycled fabri...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: dried flowers , new trends , origami , Art , indoor gardening | Comments (0) | View Count: (382)

When Your Feet Hurt, You Hurt All Over

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When Your Feet Hurt, You Hurt All Over
There’s a saying that if your feet hurt, you hurt all over. Regardless if your feet are soggy wet or have sustained an injury you are going to “feel the pain” or at least be uncomfortable. If it is bad enough, you can’t stand up anymore. The same can be said for plants, including azaleas and rhododendron. The foot or “feet” of a plant is its root system. Not only does the root system support the plant, it is also the means by which the plant obtains its wate...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: azal , rhododendron , root rot , disease | Comments (0) | View Count: (458)