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Judean date tree proves its seeds still have power

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

For thousands of years, the Judean Date Tree was an invaluable food source in the desert of the Kingdom of Judah – as well as providing shelter and shade for much of that community. Vast forests of date palms covered an area some seven miles wide, with trees stretching up to the sky some 80…

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Gardening is good for your mental and physical health

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

Gardening has always been known to be good for our mental health. It gives us a sense of responsibility, allows us to be nurturers, connects us with other living things, and to no surprise, helps us to relax. But a recent study conducted around the globe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has…

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Plants are not as touchy-feely as you think

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

Not everyone is a touchy-feely kind of person. From warm embraces to holding hands to a congratulatory pats-on-the-back – for some it triggers an immediate, internal defense. A new study recently published in The Plant Journal has discovered that many plants aren’t very touchy-feely either. “The lightest touch from a human, animal, insect or even plants touching…

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Loss of tree canopy in the US is dramatic

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

Joni Mitchell’s 1970s song Big Yellow Taxi is a catchy tune but listen to the lyrics and you’ll discover something more. Few fully understand the environmental meaning behind the song – especially regarding the beautiful view tree canopies create all across the nation. In an interview she did with the Los Angeles Times, Mitchell says, “I wrote Big Yellow…

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Saving the iconic trees of America

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” – Munia Khan Greenhouses and nurseries play an essential role in the development of plants, trees and shrubs for homeowners, businesses and communities across the nation.…

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A career in crisis – where have all the children gone?

Posted on: September 4th, 2018

Members of the horticultural industry are viewed as stewards to the plants, trees and shrubs we all have the good fortune to encounter on a daily basis. In fact, many growers entered the horticultural profession for not only their love of nature, but the ability to create and support something for the good of the…

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How does the Farmer’s Almanac predict the weather?

Posted on: September 4th, 2018

“The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.” Patrick Young For growers and garden centers across the horticultural industry, weather is a continual stressor to this seasonal business. For generations, we’ve trusted the Farmer’s Almanac (and a furry little…

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A brief early history of the horticulture industry

Posted on: August 4th, 2018

While many would brand the horticulture industry as a big business, the reality is horticulture is more of an art and a science in producing, marketing and using high-value cultivated plants. Comprised of annuals, perennials, edibles and ornamentals, these plants may be part of a bigger business, but their benefits to society are great –…

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Helping to protect the pollinator community

Posted on: May 4th, 2018

The week of June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week. The week is proudly sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators critical to food and ecosystems across the globe. Many don’t realize that pollinators provide pollination to over 180,000 plant species and more that 1,200 crops. That translates to one…

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BLOOM! campaign aims to target the younger generation

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

As younger generations enter the workforce, they’re apt to look for organizations that are dynamic, with unique personalities providing real-time feedback. Many will apply to state-of-the-art technology organizations, which tend to adopt many of the same standards younger generations crave, leaving tried-and-true fields scrambling for new talent. One of those fields is horticulture – the…

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