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Living lightly on the land
November 21, 2008
Are most of the materials used in the Center recyclable materials? For instance, the wood floors and HVAC systems? Thanks, Joel Rodriguez
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Potting soil used in Wildflower Center nursery
October 23, 2008
I recently purchased several beautiful little plants at your Fall plant sale and notice how very happy and healthy they all are! Please tell me if you mix your own potting soil and what your potting ...
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Purchase of herbs from Wildflower Center
October 18, 2008
Can I purchase herbs from the Wildflower Center?
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Official definition of native plants
March 06, 2008
Does the Wildflower center have an official definition of "native" plants?
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Maintenance policy for Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
February 04, 2008
Greetings, I am a volunteer at the University of Washington’s Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural library. I am currently developing a maintenance policy for our database of gardening questions and ...
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Where can one learn about gardening with native plants
August 20, 2007
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, Where can I go to learn more about gardening with native plants?
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Online list of plants in Wildflower Center gardens
May 15, 2007
Hi I was able to see some of the wonderful gardens on tour today (gardens on tour)..they were out of the list with plants listed but told me I could find it online...I can not find it..could you ...
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How to search the Wildflower Center website
March 28, 2007
How the heck do I find a list of local native low-growing plants that are shade tolerant on this web site? The search functions don't seem to be specific enough. I searched specifying Texas, subshr...
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Purchase access to plants at Wildflower Center
February 08, 2007
I am interested in purchasing some of your plants. How can I do that? Do you send plants thru the mail or is their a nursery near you that has access to your plants that does? I am interested in Sa...
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Native plants for pots for wedding in November
October 03, 2006
Will any of the plants that are in your big plant sale be flowering in November? I am looking for plants that would do well in pots because I'd like to use them as center pieces at a wedding (in Aus...
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