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Sleigh bells jingling; children caroling; the warm, sweet scent of treats fresh from the oven: The winter holidays are a magical time filled with goodwill and the good company of family and friends. Such a special time of year deserves to be celebrated with special decorations. So this season, why not move beyond the old… Read more »

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To choose the perfect poinsettia: Pick a plant with small, tightly clustered buds in the center. Look for crisp, bright, undamaged foliage. Avoid plants displayed in drafty or crowded areas. To keep the poinsettia blooming: When surface soil is dry to the touch, water thoroughly. Discard excess water in the saucer. To prolong color, keep… Read more »

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Modified from www.emmitsburg.net/gardens Shirley Lindsey
, Adams County Master Gardener Many gardeners use the cold winter months to dream and plan about our gardens next summer. If you have a gardener on your Christmas list, ask for hints on ideas of gardening gifts they would like. Check out the list below for some great inspiration: Tools:… Read more »

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Poinsettias were known at least as far back as Aztec times, when in the 14th to 16th centuries they used them for practical purposes. The sap was used for controlling fevers and the bright red, flower-like bracts for dye. Franciscan priests began using the “flowers” ornamentally in the 17th century as part of their nativity… Read more »

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2015 Unilock Awards of Excellence recognizes top designers and contractors for outstanding and skillful work in seven categories. Bret-Mar Landscape was a top finalist in Unilock’s before & after category. Projects in this category must display photos of the original site and final completion. Elite landscape professionals from the Midwest entered over 300 projects. Only… Read more »