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Mike Nowak
Mike Nowak, the magazine's irreverent columnist, has joined forces with WCPT-AM. Hear "The Mike Nowak Show" from 8am to 10am. each Sunday on the station, 820-AM. Read his column from our current issue.

From The Editor
Gardeners are a fickle lot. Either we’re rhapsodizing gooey-eyed about the resplendent, transcendent wonder of whatever miracle of nature we happen to have just witnessed (the emergence of the first tomato seed always does it for me) or we’re doing Scrooge one better and snarling “Bah, humbug!” The weather this past winter had us all in full snarling mode. Now it’s high summer... Keep reading >>

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Photo By Ron Capek
On the left is Rhododendron ‘Yaku Prince’ and on the right is ‘Dorothy Swift’. Rhododendron ‘Catawbiense Boursault’ sports lavender flowers in the background.   “Rhododendrons prefer dappled shade and protection from full sun and winter winds,” Ted says. “An area under oak trees or among pine trees would be excellent.”

Read more about Rhododendrons in the May/June issue.