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Bethlehem, PA
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Bethlehem, PA
Identification of riparian plant in Pennsylvania
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Bethlehem, PA
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Center Valley, PA
Establishing native pasture in East Texas
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Hellertown, PA
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coopersburg, PA
Ducks and geese resistant plants for a pond in PA.
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Alburtis, PA
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For whatever reason, my smoke tree did not bloom during its second season. Any ideas?
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Quakertown, PA
Container plants for Bucks County, PA
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Danielsville, PA
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Easton, PA
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Easton, PA
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Easton, PA
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Easton, PA
Source for eastern red cedar trees for Pennsylvania
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Palmerton, PA
Identification of vine in Pennsylvania
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Phillipsburg, NJ
Questioning native status of Alberta Spruce in New Jersey
I am in the process of transforming my yard to native plants. Several years ago I planted a Dwarf Alberta Spruce. I want to be sure this isn't native before I remove it but haven't been able to fi...
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Bucks County, PA
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Beltzville, PA
ID of odd woodland plant in PA?
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