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Italy, TX
Transplanting native bluebells in Texas
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Lépaud, France
Request for seeds or cuttings for Malvaceae from French Botanical Garden
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Lépaud, France
More information on Malvavaceae from French botanical garden
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Bonn, Germany
Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) frost tolerance, making cuttings
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Vienna, Austria
Is western soapberry (Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii) dioecious?
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Vienna, Austria, Other
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Vienna, Austria, Other
Sapindus drummondii or Rhus aromatica for Austria
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Paris, France
Care of Rio Grande Wild Petunia
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Mechelen Belgium, Other
Wildlife habitat in Gambia
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Bordeaux,, France
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Houten, Holland
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Books on Lilies
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The Netherlands, Other
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Tunbridge Wells kent, England
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Redhill, England
Date for visitor from England to see bluebonnets
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London, Other
Identification of green succulent plant with red tubular flowers
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Surbiton, England
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High Wycombe, England
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Oxfordshire, England
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