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Jan
1
2014

From the President’s Desk Winter 2014

I’m writing this over the New Years holiday after having spent most of it fixing a roof damaged by our latest blizzard. So naturally my thoughts turned to the balmy days of summer when I hope to see many of you at our National Meeting in Atlanta. In deference to the climate down south, this…

Dec
16
2013

Welcome to The Vista Garden

Before there were conifers, there were fish. Maybe not in geologic time but at least since 1989 when I moved from Queens, NY, to Stone Mountain, GA, to start a custom design aquarium company, Just Add Water. I had never even owned a house plant until 1997 when my wife Kimberly and I bought this…

Dec
8
2013

Eddie’s Legacy

If you are a collector, chances are you have at least one conifer in your garden that bears Ed Rezek’s name — or whose origin can be traced back to him. Rezek was one of the remarkable plantsmen who helped popularize dwarf conifers in North American horticulture and was a founder of ACS. As we…

Dec
6
2013

In the True Spirit of Christmas

All of us remember adolescence as a mixed blessing. Watching it emerge in one’s children gives us a chance to once again relive the agony and ecstasy of these years. However, one of the downsides of this phenomenon is beginning to effect not just a family ritual but my last shot at buying one more…

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…

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