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Nov
24
2013

Wrapping up 2013

Two loud crashes woke me up the other morning. It took a few seconds to remember that Mac Hunter had e-mailed me the night before that he’d be dropping off the last load of bark mulch early and the two thundering claps from his truck’s banging tailgate were what startled me awake. It also signaled…

Nov
2
2013

And the Winners Are…

…Schwerin Pine ‘Wiethorst’ and Korean Fir ‘Icebreaker.’ These two unique conifer cultivars have been chosen the 2014 Collectors Conifer of the Year as announced by Dennis Lee, the CCOY chairman.   Limited numbers of these specimens are now available to active ACS members and will be shipped direct to the member’s address by the growers…

Nov
1
2013

Courtney named ACS Office Manager

ACS president Larry Nau and the Board of Directors have announced that Steve Courtney of Maple Grove, MN, will assume the position of office manager effective today replacing John Martin of Lewisville, NC, who, earlier this year, announced his retirement. “The ACS thanks outgoing office manager John Martin for his 14 years of service to…

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…

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