Horticulture -

“the art and science of growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and shrubs resulting in the development of the minds and emotions of individuals, the enrichment and health of communities, and the integration of the ‘garden’ in the breadth of modern civilization.” (Diane Relf, Prof of Horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic University)

River Birch - A Noteworthy Native

Birch and their Alder relatives, are lightweight trees from the forest fringes, adapted to poor soils and extremes of drought or wet. Birch are the hardiest of broadleaf trees, with species growing all the way up to the tundra. The 60 or so species of Birch vary mostly by bark color, but Betula nigra, known as Red birch, Water birch, or Black birch, but most commonly as River Birch, is one of most adaptable to sites, diseases, and heat...

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