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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…

Nov
25
2013

Tom Dilatush (1924 – 2013)

Tom Dilatush, a founding member of ACS and well respected nursery owner in Robbinsville, NJ, died in Charlottesville, VA, on November 22 from complications due to leukemia. He was 89 and had moved to Virginia in 2009 with his wife Elinor (who survives him) after closing down a nursery business started in 1916 by his…

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…

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