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Thank you Mr. Smarty Plants
January 28, 2009
Hi, this is a note of thanks, powerful thanks, for your answer to my question about carolina laurel. Our disappointment was more than made up for by your recommendation to check out OSU's wonderful ...
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Correction to question involving acid vs. alkaline soil
December 31, 2008
In a question about blueberries you said most blueberry web sites are in states with deciduous trees including pines. Not sure about your part of the world but here in NC the pine trees keep the need...
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Why do we exclude Mexican plant species?
November 17, 2008
Thanks for all your great help and your wonderful website. I have been wondering why you exclude Mexico from "North American" native plants? I live in Austin and it seems like the flora and fauna ...
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Plants native to Virginia
September 07, 2008
I would like to know what websites you would recommend for information about plants native to Virginia. Glad to have found Mr. Smarty Plants, it will be tops on my Favorites list. Thanks for your t...
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Use of pictures from our Image Gallery
August 28, 2008
I would like to use the picture of prickly wild rose on a website I am designing for information on native plants. I am designing this site for children and teachers. Who do I contact?
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Wrong photo in Native Plant Database
August 18, 2008
The picture to the left of the information for Rudbeckia laciniata L. shows a plant with a dark center. This is not the Cutleaf Conflower with which I am familiar. What is it? Thank you.
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Why is Mr. Smarty Plants website so useless?
July 16, 2008
Why is your site so useless?
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Plant database correct!
June 27, 2008
Wrong taxonomy for bald cypress tree family in your plant database?
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Why website does not have better variety of flowers
April 27, 2008
Why don't you have a better variety of flowers? I can't find the ones I have.
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Texas bluebonnets for Illinois
March 12, 2008
Thank you Mr. Smarty Plants. I will be closely checking the variety of Texas bluebonnets that I tried to plant. For the record, I did soak them first to loosen the seed shell. I think we probably just...
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National Events Calendar
March 06, 2008
Where is the link to the National Events Calendar? I would like to submit two events for California.
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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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Thank you Mr. Smarty Plants
October 30, 2007
No question, just wanted to thank Barbara Medford for her most informative and entertaining reply to my Oct. 2 question on the elimation of nutsedge. THANK YOU!
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Comment on Doug Shermans photography
March 29, 2007
This is actually not a question. I just wanted to comment on Doug Sherman's photographs. I am working on a native garden presentation and his pictures are amazing. I love the way he captures the f...
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True date for Earth Day
March 09, 2006
My grandson asked me to verify the correct date for Earth Day 2006. Sites on the internet say (a) Earth Day USA is April 22, 2006. (b) International Earth Day is M...
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Links to geographical zones
February 06, 2006
A link page to similar sites would be helpful. Rather than 8 "geographical zones" how about by real zones; I live in California at 8000 feet. I know I can use the Rocky Mt. Zone to a degree, but al...
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Obtaining a list of Texas native plants
February 16, 2005
I'm a member of the Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (New Braunfels area) and wanted to get a list of Texas Native Plants for our Chapter to use as our guideline of what is nat...
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Articles on landscaping with native plants in Kansas
August 18, 2004
I work for the Kansas Department of Transportation in Topeka, Kansas and would like to receive information on growing native wildflowers. I have a catalog titled "Wildflower Favorites" that was pub...
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Why use native plants
March 14, 2004
Why use native plants?
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