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Spring sales picking up earlier than usual
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The first day of spring officially arrived last week, but growers across the country have been taking advantage of spring-like weather the last couple weeks with higher-volume shipments. Now, growers are keeping their fingers crossed that the 60-, 70- and 80-degree days persist. "Spring broke early and we're shipping like crazy," says Tom Van Vugt, vice president of sales at Plainview Growers in Pompton Plains, N.J. More

Mixed reports about nursery stock shortages
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With much of the country experiencing an unusually moderate March, strong spring sales have caught some green buyers by surprise. As retailers scramble to fill their plant inventories, some have found nursery supplies hard to find. "From the supply side, we can only hope this is true," says Pat Bailey, of Bailey Nurseries. "(Past) supply and demand has driven many prices into the dirt, which is unsustainable for the entire supply chain." More

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Dallas Blooms at Dallas Arboretum a work of art
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Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum provides visitors with an unforgettable experience — a fragrant splash of color to welcome spring. The Arboretum welcomes guests to the 28th anniversary of Dallas Blooms through April 8. Dallas Blooms features 600,000 bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and more. More

Sturdy Spiraea
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What makes a plant sell? From the home gardener's point of view, showy flowers will certainly do this. However, the horticulturist is looking for more: a diversity of leaf colors, forms and size to catch the eye in every season and fill many niches. For landscapers, ease of culture is important; they require fast establishment, tolerance of the urban environment, and pest resistance. Perhaps most importantly, nurserymen want a species to be inexpensively propagated and grown. More

Two Texas towns run out of water
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VideoBriefIn collaboration with StateImpact Texas, the PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at the struggle for water in two Texas towns and how the state plans to deal with a drier future. This report is part of a new series, "Coping with Climate Change." More

An expert advises on how to treat trees
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When the guy's ringtone is of a chain saw revving, he might be an arborist. Such is the case with Steve Houser, owner of Arborilogical Services. Houser is highly respected by his crews, his clients and even his competitors. He has been instrumental in bringing tree issues to the attention of thousands of local residents. He's an advocate for North Texas trees, and he's good at it. More

Apptitude: How to garden with a smartphone
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Don't use your smartphone as a shovel, but take it to the garden this spring anyway, and you'll find it's a handy tool. Gardening Toolkit, an app from Applied Objects, is $1.99 for the iPhone and $3.99 for the iPad version. The application has a subtitle, "The easy way to garden!" More

Artist brings bouquet of ideas to Texas A&M's floral design class
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VideoBrief Students hovered over buckets of colorful flowers and greenery in a classroom at Texas A&M University intent on making bouquets for their teacher, Bill McKinley. But these students who hope flowers will wow their teacher for a better grade have a reason — they are floral design students, and their guest instructor was American Institute of Floral Designers' Artist in Residence Sharon McGukin of Carrolton, Ga. More


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