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Jan
25
2018

Bud Break 2018

musings from the Western Region President   Hello and Happy New Year to my Conehead friends around the Western Region. Given how wet and stormy it is right now in Washington, I’d like to take a few moments to focus on spring and summer and let you know what an awesome year 2018 is going…

Jan
25
2018

2018 Seed Exchange Coming Soon

Jim Brackman, the ACS’s intrepid seed collector and head of the Seed Exchange program, is still busy cleaning and sorting the 2018 offerings. He estimates that he is about 4-6 weeks away from finishing. In the meantime, you can still order seeds from the 2017 list. If you haven’t ever grown conifers from seed before,…

Jan
6
2018

The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Here are some photos of conifers in the snow from CQ Editor Ron Elardo’s garden in Adrian, Michigan. We’d love to see your photos, too!       These conifers are all hardy to Ron’s USDA Zone 6a garden. Watch for his adventures in zone-pushing with other, more tender conifers in the next CQ.  

Dec
22
2017

What is a Conifer Tree?

  So what is a conifer tree, anyway? While this seems like a simple question, it has a complicated answer. Most of us have a vague idea; it’s like, a pine tree, right? Well, pines are conifers, but why? And what else is a conifer and is it always a tree? Always evergreen? Always green?…

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