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Nov
29
2013

Welcome to My Garden

I have always had a passion for growing things; working summers for a local nursery during high school probably confirmed that this would be a life-long avocation. After college we bought a 75-acre farm where I raised beef cattle and field crops until my mid 40’s when the time required for my day job at…

Oct
10
2013

Pearl Fryar, an American Original

When we relaunched this website earlier this year it included a section with videos which was largely populated by some dozen short features produced by Larry Nau with Jerry Kral showing off some of his favorite conifers in his Rochester, NY, garden. A web search uncovered a few other relevant videos but one  was especially…

Sep
6
2013

Those “other” Pine Nuts

We talk a lot about members afflicted with Addictive Conifer Syndrome, brain addled coniferites and just plain conifer nuts. But there really are conifer nuts that gastronomes relish. More commonly they are called pignole nuts or pignoles. They are a staple of Mediterranean cooking where they show up in pesto, garnish cookies and are even…

Jul
4
2013

What I Learned from Four Remarkable Plantsmen

We call this Blog Mulch because it’s an aggregate of thoughts about conifers by different people. It’s purpose is to nurture the soul when not in the garden. To launch the series we asked long time ACS member Ridge Goodwin to reflect on the people he’s met over the years in the conifer business. – Ed. Richard…

May
19
2013

Jean Iseli: My Most Unforgettable Character

When I was a kid Reader’s Digest was one of the country’s most popular magazines and one of its most popular features was called “My Most Unforgettable Character.” When that question was posed to me recently, without thinking, Jean Iseli popped to mind. Gone now twenty eight years this June, Jean (pronounced” John”) Iseli still…

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