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Phran Novelli

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Serviceberry May Serve As The Perfect Little Tree

Here’s such a nice little tree you can plant in almost any sized spot; plus it gives you berries to eat (if you get to them before the birds) and pretty fall color from the leaves.

05/13/2014

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It Takes Little Power To Make Seeds Flower

If you sow seeds in sun or shade – whatever it tells you to do on the package – some plants will probably grow. Try It.

05/12/2014

(credit: Paul Meyer, Morris Arboretum)

An Opportunity To Learn About ‘State Champion’ Trees

Thursday evening, you can enjoy a fascinating presentation by local arborist Scott Wade, author of Big Trees of Pennsylvania, when he will highlight some of our natural treasures.

05/07/2014

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Barnes Arboretum Now Open Weekends

Two years ago the artwork of the Barnes Foundation moved down to the Parkway, but the Arboretum – still in Merion and well-worth visiting – is now open weekends through August.

05/06/2014

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Friendly Plantings Could Improve Your Community

I drive past some gardens at an odd little intersection regularly, and I think, “who planted all that inside these traffic islands?”

05/05/2014

(credit: Marie Ingegneri, Morris Arboretum)

Morris Arboretum Plant Sale is May 9th-10th

’Tis the plant sale season, so toss a tarp in your car and head to Chestnut Hill for the Morris Arboretum plant sale on May 9th and 10th.

04/30/2014

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Prune Your Roses Snip Snip

For shrub roses, such as the prolific Knock-Out® varieties, you don’t need to snip branch by branch, worrying about which way the buds are facing.

04/29/2014

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Spring Fest And Plant Sale At Bartram’s Garden

The Spring Fest & Plant Sale at Bartram’s Garden is open to everyone Saturday and Sunday May 3 and 4th from 10 to 4.

04/28/2014

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Early-Blooming Magnolias Often Take A Turn For The Worse

Early blooming magnolias are so pretty – until Mother Nature turns a cold shoulder, leaving them a mucky droopy disappointment.

04/23/2014

(credit: Paul Meyer, Morris Arboretum)

Plant An Oak Tree

Planting an oak tree is the easiest thing you can do if you want to celebrate Arbor Day or Earth Day, or just increase your home value, reduce energy bills and help control flooding.

04/22/2014

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Area Gardens Celebrate Spring

Plant sales and floral celebrations are a sure sign of spring.

04/21/2014

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Try Built-In Protection For Vulnerable Plantings

Plants respond to warmth and sunlight, so growing near something that holds and reflects the heat – like a stone patio or a sidewalk – may come easier.

04/16/2014

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Don’t Leave Dangling Branches

When trees leaf out, not only will damaged branches be harder to see, they’ll also be heavier from all those leaves, posing a greater risk.

04/15/2014

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Snowy Winter Has Gardeners Digging This Spring

Even if you hated every snowflake that fell this winter, if you want to plant anything this spring, you’ll love what the cold wet weather left behind.

04/14/2014

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Bulbs Barely Blooming

Spring hasn’t just been short on flowers so far, many bulbs I’ve seen blooming seem stunted – with very short stems! What’s up with that??

04/09/2014

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