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Jun
21
2013

What is Brooming?

It’s the most extreme form of ACS (Addicted Conifer Syndrome.) Otherwise sane horitcultural enthusiasts are found skulking around cemeteries and woodlots at odd hours in exotic raiment that often includes climbing saddles and pole saws. They call themselves broomers because they are in search of witches brooms, those odd looking genetic mutations of plant life…

Jun
20
2013

Dianne Fincham (1943 – 2013)

Dianne Fincham, who with her husband of 44 years, Bob Fincham, were founding members of the ACS, passed away on June 18 in Tacoma, WA. A former editor at Timber Press and English teacher in Tamaqua Area High School in Pennsylvania, she took on the editorship of the ACS Bulletin (now Conifer Quarterly) in its…

Jun
1
2013

From the President’s Desk Summer 2013

Energy and enthusiasm are two critical ingredients necessary for the continued growth and success of the ACS. I must applaud the Western region at this time for the tremendous effort and work they are doing on behalf of the ACS. They have hosted and teamed up with other organizations to produce multiple events over the…

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…

May
6
2013

Cone production up; car wash operators rejoice

Writing on the MSU Extension web site this week, ACS member Dr. Bert Cregg of the Department of Horticulture & Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is positing that the central region is likely to see heavy cone production this year as a result of last year’s drought. While most conifer enthusiasts, attracted by…

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