Lavender Days

I wanted to title this email "I'm going to pick a fight", but I changed my mind, that would not very nursery-ish, would it? Besides, what nursery goes out and picks fights? Let's pick something positive to start off with. Let's pick Lavender. You asked for it,...

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Rules To Live By

In the plant world there are so many rules. Maybe not rules, let's call them guidelines. But I guess you can say there are a few rules to plants. Don't plant a Rhododendron in the sun. Don't plant a Japanese Maple upside down. And yes, certainly, never plant a tomato...

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New Beginnings

Every year we open up Maple Rock gardens for an event called Bloomtastic. By now I'm sure you've heard of Maple Rock. I'm sure that some of you have seen Maple Rock for yourselves. But the one thing nobody has been able to see during the Bloomtastic event is the...

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Celebrating Nature

I'm always astonished at the metamorphosis of nature. Nature is power. Nature is grace. As we go through our busy lives, day to day, month to month, year to year, do you remember? Do you stop to recognize the new beginnings and healing that nature's spring brings us?...

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Where Are We At These Days?

If you close your eyes for a moment and think back over the course of the last six months, what would you be thinking about? Would you be able to separate in your mind all the events that had occurred? Or would it just be a big blur? When I look back over the past six...

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A Sense of Urgency

Since the beginning of the Walmart parking lot, it seems like it's been forever. Maybe it's because there's been a continual push to come up with solutions for people. As if the harshness of the fire wasn't hard enough, winter is continuing to inflict pain. There are...

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The Work You Are Doing

After the agencies go home, after the news cameras go away, after the holidays, it's so easy to step into normal life again. But for the victims of the Camp Fire, it's not about stepping into a normal life. It's about coming to peace with what a new normal looks like....

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My Thoughts

I was going to do an email last week. After all that we have been through together in helping the Camp Fire folks, I wanted to do a positive, uplifting email with progress, new beginnings and the gratification that all this is making a difference. I know it is making...

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