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Nov
15
2015

Witch’s Broom Spelling – AGAIN?!

  The origin of the English phrase “witch’s broom” is the German Hexenbesen, which means “the broom of a/the witch”. Wikipedia defines “Hexenbesen” as the “broom of a witch”. Ergo: “Hexenbesen” is the transport vehicle of a witch, in other words, a witch’s broom. Besen is the German word for “broom”. But more importantly— There…

Jun
19
2015

INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONIFER GROUP

Dave Olszyk, Western Region President, is pleased to announce that the Region is spreading its activities eastward! Working informally with Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator of the Denver Botanic Garden, and Nate Cassell, Dave has organized an inaugural meeting of high-altitude coneheads in Denver on July 9th. The Region already has active groups in the Seattle/Olympia,…

May
3
2015

Photos from Conifer Road Trip in Southern CA

Two weeks ago 22 coneheads gathered in Southern California for what seemed like an unlikely quest in that part of the world: seeking native stands of enormous endemic conifers, such as big cone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa) and Coulter pine (Pinus coulteri) in peaceful, uninhabited mountainous terrain. Many of us were skeptical when the expedition was…

Mar
2
2015

2015 Seed Exchange List is Up!

ACS volunteer Jim Brackman made trips to The Oregon Garden and Conifer Kingdom in Silverton, OR last fall to collect seed. The results of his collections (and still-viable seeds from last year) are now up on the Seed Exchange page. Hurry and pick your favorites – quantities are limited!

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