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Aldona at Large: Say It With Flowers

Aldona at Large: Say It With Flowers

I love fresh flowers in the house anytime, but never more so than at this time of year. When I was a young married woman with young children, I budgeted $10 a week for flowers, which I would buy on...

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Aldona at Large: Am I Blue?

Aldona at Large: Am I Blue?

"Blue Monday" is the name given to the third Monday of January, because it's supposed to be the saddest day of the year. Blue who? Not me. In fact, I'm feeling pretty perky. City Council has voted to...

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Aldona at Large: Slow Off the Mark

Aldona at Large: Slow Off the Mark

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata). Happy New Year! Too much holiday food, fun and family can play havoc not only with your waistline, but also with your work ethic. Maybe that’s the reason why...

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Aldona at Large: All’s Well That Ends Well?

Aldona at Large: All’s Well That Ends Well?

Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo ‘Aurea Fastigiata’) seen in the President’s Choice Show Garden “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of...

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Strokestown Park House and the Irish Potato Famine

Strokestown Park House and the Irish Potato Famine

Located in a pretty part of Ireland called Roscommon County, Strokestown Park House was the family seat of the Pakenham Mahon family from 1653 to 1981. Although a bit off the beaten track, it offers...

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Aldona at Large: Celebrations, Ruminations, Exhortations

Aldona at Large: Celebrations, Ruminations, Exhortations

Ah, my cherubs. If you weren’t at last week’s Holiday Open House, you missed a darned good party. Luckily, your trusty scribe was there and can bring you up to date.  Above, our Director of...

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Aldona at Large: …And, They’re Off!

Aldona at Large: …And, They’re Off!

This week we’re racing around then resting up in Ireland, congratulating a good friend on a big award, and celebrating my two new adopted “babies.” So fasten your seatbelts, because I’m hot...

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Aldona at Large: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Aldona at Large: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

My heart is full. The staff and I are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support—both monetary and written—that we have received in response to our financial plight and our Hearts and Flowers...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: <em>Viburnum dilatatum</em> ‘Henneke’ Cardinal Candy

Paul’s Plant Picks: Viburnum dilatatum ‘Henneke’ Cardinal Candy

This has been a great autumn for dazzling fall colour in the garden. Each day I stop and take in the beautiful vistas throughout the TBG gardens, Edwards Gardens, and the surrounding ravine system....

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Aldona at Large: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Aldona at Large: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Today we must detour from Ireland to a much darker, colder, uglier place. That place is called Financial Dilemma. “What the heck is happening at the TBG?” Yet again, this registered...

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