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Vermeulen to close at the end of 2013

Conifer collectors on the mailing list of the venerable (founded 1921) John Vermeulen & Sons nursery in Neshantic Station, NJ, are in for a shock when they read their 2013 catalog: Large production has ceased and the corporation will dissolve as soon as the inventory is sold off. As reported by Suzanne Mahoney in the…


John Martin announces retirement

At the winter meeting of the ACS Board of Directors in Tampa longtime National Office manager John Martin announced his intention to retire at the end of the year or as soon as a replacement can be found. Martin, who took the job in 2000, presided over a period of extraordinary growth. John kept the…


Falling tree limb severely injures Kim Downs

Kim Downs, ACS Central Region Secretary, was seriously injured in a freak accident in January. As reported in the Spring issue of the CNR newsletter, The Coniferite, her mother (and fellow ACS member) Nancy Kroft wrote: “On January 19, Kim had an accident while hiking with Dennis Lee, ACS Collectors Conifer Chairman, at the Gorge…


ACS Announces $2500 Scholarship for 2013

ACS Scholarship Chair Jerry Kral has announced that applications for the $2,500 scholarship will be accepted between March 1st and June 1st, 2013. Applicants need to meet certain requirements that are specified in the ACS Scholarship Info page under Eligibility Requirements. Questions and inquiries are welcome at any time. Gerald P. Kral, ACS Scholarship Committee,…


Long in the Needle

Here in the Pinus Strobus State our pines are graceful enough with their 5-inch needles. However, I’ve planted a few from Bhutan that come bundled with 8-inch needles, fairly humbling my Maine natives. The design objective is to get the swaying, shimmering effect that really only comes with long leaf species, my favorite being Pinus…