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Plant for luck

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buckeye leaf
We all know rabbit feet and four-leaf clovers have brought people peace of mind for centuries. Early settlers and travellers would carry talismans for good fortune and health. But did you know one of the popular charms when the Canada and the U.S. were young was the rare Ohio buckeye nut, known to bring wisdom and ward off rheumatism?
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New species at work!

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Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Looking to add something to your yard this spring that could eventually shade your hammock, save you money on energy bills, provide privacy or increase your overall property value? Why not plant a tree? I’ve already started consulting this spring, so I’ve been out finding the right trees for people who are seeking fall colours, dappled shade and pretty flowers around their home!
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Spring ahead with your yard!

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Suns rays
Following a bitterly cold, ice-filled winter, spring is finally here- bringing with it warmer temperatures, longer days and (very soon) the perfect conditions for planting! As our cities resurface from their winter hibernation, we are gearing up for the spring planting season with some exciting new species and garden designs that will help transform your yard into a natural oasis!
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Keeping it local

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You are walking through a nursery sales floor. You see some beautiful looking plants – green and leafy with giant flowers. But are you sure about where that plant is coming from? Final touches are often made on clothing in Ontario after being shipped in from China. But does that make it Made in Canada? With global supply chains this may be how it goes for the shirt on your back. But I'm not convinced “local” is the word for a small sapling that was sent up from the Carolinas - or one that relocated to grow five years in Canada before being sold.
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The tales of an urban tree planter

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Backyard Tree Planting
Like most people from the countryside, I grew up thinking a forest was just a big patch of trees in the middle of nowhere. But after completing my degree in Geography and Environmental Governance, I became more versed in the complexities of forest ecosystems and started tree planting for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Later, working with LEAF, I began to wrap my head around the idea that cities have forests too!
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