June 25, 2013

Immigration Reform is finally on center stage in Washington DC! I was involved in three different meetings trying to influence the result with our Ohio legislators.

First, we hosted Caryn Candisky, NE OHio Coordinator for Senator Rob Portman, at Sunleaf

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April 28, 2013

Spring is slowly sneaking up on us in NE Ohio! Two weeks ago…the spring peepers began their late-afternoon chorus. Today I noticed the Kingfisher is back. In addition to the big guy who patrols our middle pond, there is a

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April 26, 2013

My brief career in Live TV began and ended today. I was an ‘auctioneer’ on our local Ideastream Public TV auction. My first appearance went okay…hawking some donated items before the camera. I was introduced as a representative of Ohio

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April 25, 2013

Below is one of my rants that got published as a letter-to-the-editor in the News-Herald. So far it’s getting rave reviews from the check-out ladies at our local IGA.

Minimum Wage Debate

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is championing a substantial

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March 15, 2013

When did the winter get so busy for nurserymen? We need an extra month in the winter to get our work done!

show-1During January, CENTS and the 85th OSU Short Course provided a lively week. Sunday Night at Barley’s Brewery

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April 9, 2012

This letter of mine was posted in the Lake County Development Council (LCDC) March 2012 Newsletter:

H2A Guest-Worker Program: a regulatory nightmare for local employers

With all the hue and cry regarding undocumented workers, you would think our country would

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November 5, 2011

What a busy Fall!

boatMany of our greenhouses have white poly on them and we’re preparing to do our ‘hardwood cuttings’ of things like Juniper, Boxwood and Arborvitae. We’ll stick these cuttings by Christmas and they’ll stay in the sand-flats

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August 13, 2011

summer-crewThis was the last week for most of our student workers and we’re going to miss them! We’ve had good crews and not-so-good crews over the years…several hundred local students have stood in line in front of the Gilson time

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July 15, 2011

We entertained the Mayfield Garden Club this week with a Powerpoint presentation about local nursery history, juice/coffee/donuts/fruit, a hay-wagon tour of the nursery, and a shopping spree in our garden center. Eighteen great ladies! We almost lost one on the

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March 27, 2011
Pretending to sail the WindStar during our cruise of the Aegean and Adriatic in 2007.

Pretending to sail the WindStar during our cruise of the Aegean and Adriatic in 2007.

I read somewhere that Spring travels north at 16 miles a day. It’s not here yet, but there are signs that it’s getting close…maybe Cincinnati

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February 11, 2011

What a long winter…snow, icy temperatures, ice on the Lake…like the winters of old!

I saw some huge hawks circling over our nursery today…eagles? And there’s a smaller hawk that visits the trees by our office…a Kestrel?

Enchanted visitations!


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March 25, 2010

This essay was submitted to a Sustainable Cleveland contest sponsored by EcoWatch Journal. It Won! Kris and I got to attend the EcoWatch Annual Dinner at Landerhaven and meet lots of great people, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr! In June,

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January 1, 2007

My father passed away in January, 2006. This was the introduction to our wholesale catalog for 2007.

As we wrap up another catalog, perhaps it is an appropriate time to pause and reflect upon the passing, at age 86, of

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