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Feb
5
2016

How to Propagate Conifers from Cuttings

  It’s easier than you might imagine, saves money, and makes the hobby all the more gratifying! If you are like me, you started out with perennials, constantly having to divide, deadhead and feel like you should be trying out for a body-building competition after wrestling with all the overgrown plants and sometimes weeds. Not to…

Jan
13
2016

Margaret Eyre, mother of Rich Eyre, dies at 97

  Margaret Sandner Eyre was born May 9, 1918, at the corner of Lawrence and Mannheim Roads on a tomato and onion farm. The farm was owned by Mr. Busse and farmed by her parents Ed and Elisabeth Sandner, Austrian immigrants who arrived before World War I. They farmed for a half share of the…

Oct
3
2015

Cincy Conifer Weekend Recap

  September 26th was an overcast day in Cincinnati, but those that arrived bright and early to partake in the ACS day were all smiles. There were 34 ACS members registered for the event which kicked off at the Spring Grove Arboretum. Chris Daeger presented a review of this year’s Central Region Meeting in Green…

Oct
1
2015

Garden Fair Plant Sale a Big Success!

  Bob Iiames held his annual Garden Fair Plant Sale on September 5th. The event took place in Englewood, Ohio and featured top notch specialty nurseries offering their plants for sale. The nurseries display their plants throughout Bob’s impressive garden. There were many ACS members in attendance. Even members from the Southeast region attended! Anna…

Feb
21
2015

Central Region Report

Central Region Report By Ron Elardo Ethan Johnson, CR President – ethjohnson@yahoo.com Bill Barger, CR Director – billb@conifergarden.com Byron Baxter, CR Vice President – byron@dendrologicalsales.net David Speth, CR Treasurer – sspeth@excel.net Martha Smith, CR Reference Garden Coordinator – smithma@illinois.edu Gary Whittenbaugh, CR Membership Coordinator – franmara@mchsi.com J.D. Belanger, CR Newsletter Editor – jbelanger@ceas.coop Ron Elardo, CR Web Editor – conquarteditor@gmail.com   Upcoming Regional…

Feb
16
2015

ACS Founder Bob Fincham to Speak at Iowa Arboretum April 18

Bob Fincham, one of the founders of the ACS and its first president, will speak at the Spring Fever Symposium at the Iowa Arboretum on April 18th. Bob is widely regarded as on of the great experts on rare and unusual dwarf conifers. The Symposium runs from 10 am – 3 pm and Bob will…

Feb
11
2015

Bickelhaupt Arb. now part of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Clinton Iowa’s Bickelhaupt Arboretum has been transferred into the ownership of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. The formal acceptance of this transfer was approved officially by the Board of Trustees of EICC on January 15, 2015. The Heartland Collection of conifers exists at Bickelhaupt and is another donation of conifers by Chub Harper; the other being…

Oct
20
2014

SE Michigan hosts Fall Rendezvous

A fall ‘color and conifer’ rendezvous was something different for our region. Fall weather can be a challenge and, since it hadn’t been done before in the Central Region, the big concern was we would give a party and no one would come. It was agreed upon by the garden hosts to do a two-day…

Oct
5
2014

Michigan Fall Conifer Tour Noted in Detroit News

The Detroit News ran an article about the ACS Fall Conifer Tour in Southeastern Michigan coming up on Oct 18-19. As we’ve noted, you have to be a registered ACS member by October 10. Read the article here and get details about the tour here.  These are fabulous gardens and you won’t want to miss this event!