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Spotted Lanternflies

By now you have probably become all too familiar with the latest invasive pest affecting the trees and plants of the mid-Atlantic region - the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula.

The insect is a striking and some might say quite beautiful invasive planthopper that is native to Asia, mainly China, India, and Vietnam. It has since become established in South Korea, Japan, and the US. Only first discovered i...

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To Weed It or to Keep It?

A few years ago, a friend texted me a photo like the one below, asking me if they should pull out this plant—was it a weed?—as it was growing throughout their garden beds.

I usually define a weed as plant growing in a place where humans don’t want it.*

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A Horticulturist in Winter

I can now say that I have been in public horticulture professionally for two decades now.  In that time I've been asked dozens of times "What ever do you do in the winter?".

The most recent question came during the Festival of Trees, accompanied by "Do you take a two month holiday?".

I wish! I've been wanting to write a rant an essay on this for years!

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