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Plant a Memorial Tree!

By Jackie Peel, TCMGA When we have a momentous occasion in our life, we often want to have a permanent reminder for the future. One way to do this is by planting a tree. In my family, we have planted a tree for each birth. My son’s tree is a red oak, grown from an acorn I found at the hospital where he was born. My daughter’s tree is a redbud, selected because it blooms around the time of her birthday (mid-March). Finding the right location is the first step in the process. Many areas around here have alkaline, shallow…

Beautiful Bougainvillea Baskets!

By Jackie Peel, TCMGA Have you walked through the nursery lately? Yes it’s hot, but there’s a lot of color to see, and much of it comes from the bougainvillea hanging baskets we grow for you right here! The history of this plant is fascinating! Bougainvilleas are named in honor of Admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville. He commanded a ship that, in 1768, landed on the coast of South America where Rio de Janiero is now. On board was French naturalist Philibert Commercon who claimed to have discovered the plant, but it’s more likely that his companion Jeanne Baret was the…