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Gaithersburg, MD
Looking for a source for Atlantic pigeonwings (Clitoria mariana)
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Rockville, MD
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Rockville, MD
Eliminating black locust volunteers in Rockville MD
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Rockville, MD
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Great Falls, VA
Deer--resistant plants for Great Falls, VA
We have just moved to a house with a rural garden enjoyed by us and the deer. Can you recommend any deer resistant plants for ths location ? ( We have full sun and shade - zip code 22066. Thanks,
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Olney, MD
Endangered plants of Maryland
My high school would like to plant endangered plant species of Maryland in our wetlands, but we do not know where we can acquire these plants. Do you know of a place where we could buy endangered plan...
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Laytonsville, MD
Plants to filter dust from a road in MD
I live in MD next to a dirt/gravel access road. I would like to plant something along my property line to block the clouds of dust we regularly get from cars and dirt bikes. Is there something fast ...
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Kensington, MD
Clearing up the nativity of so-called Baltimore sedge (Carex senta)
Dear Smarty Pants: Hi, did you ever get more clarity on the Carex senta issue (baltimore sedge)? Whether or not it was a wetland grass? I too am in Maryland and was thinking of planting it for a law...
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Kensington, MD
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Poolesville, MD
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Bethesda, MD
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Bethesda, MD
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Bethesda, MD
Plant to trail down concrete block retaining wall in Maryland
Hello, Your website is an excellent resource. Thank you very much! My girlfriend recently bought a house that has a concrete block retaining wall in the front yard. We want to improve the app...
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Bethesda, MD
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Why is endangered Sandplain Gerardia (Agalinis acuta) helpful in the environment
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