National Ash Tree Seed Collection Initiative
In the event that the emerald ash borer cannot be contained, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking steps to see that the ash tree doesn't vanish forever. The National Ash Tree Seed Collection Initiative has been set up to gather seeds from remaining ash populations around the country and preserve them in a gene bank if the trees were to become extinct. Volunteers are being sought to collect seed from ash trees throughout the United States in the growing regions of ash trees. Visit the web site for additional information about the initiative along with identifying and collecting ash seed.
Favorite or New Plant
Most of the most widely grown hellebores, popularly known as Lenten roses, are at their height of bloom over the next several weeks. From the fifteen species of Helleborus, hybridizers have now produced dozens and dozens of offspring, with flowers ranging from white or green through shades of cream, pink, and burgundy, as well as some with spots or speckles. Hellebores are especially effective when grown in groups in a lightly shaded woodland garden or mixed border of trees, shrubs and perennials. They grow best in moist but well-drained, fertile, humus-rich soil. For those whose psyches need early spring flowers to buoy their spirits through winters last days, there are no finer flowers than Lenten roses.