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A holiday horticulture 'top 5' list

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (12/16/2013)—University of Minnesota Extension experts have the "right stuff" when it comes to greenery. As the holidays draw closer, here are some ways to make the most of the fresh and lovely items in our midst.

The right tree? How about holly?
For many families, tradition dictates that the tree is a latter addition to holiday preparation. Extension educator Kathy Zuzek's information is a one-stop shop for tree hunters:

Take the time now to learn a little about native holly so you can plan to add it to your landscape around April 1. Information from Zuzek is at

Flowers: Keeping them lovely through winter
Flowers make a wonderful gift--just the right thing for hosts or for folks who don't need more "stuff." But what kind? And if we're the ones who receive them, how do we help them flourish? Check out our entry on azaleas, cyclamen and more at:

And if you're a fan of amaryllis, Extension horticulturist Mary Meyer contributes some terrific tips on keeping this glorious plant blooming throughout the winter:

Crafting with bittersweet: How to help protect environment
Are you a crafter - perhaps one planning to use bittersweet in a winter creation? Before you start, be sure to check out Extension educator Angie Gupta's brief video on the differences between good bittersweet and the invasive species that wreak havoc on our landscapes:

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