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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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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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