April 29, 2017

We lost a local plantsman, innovator, historian and nursery industry icon last week when Jim Zampini, age 85, passed away in his sleep after a long battle with heart disease. A fusion of Italian and Hungarian ancestry, Jim grew up

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October 30, 2016

Acer sacroiliac

Our modest yard contains six full-grown multi-trunked silver maples.  Recent tempests commenced the process of leaf detachment and denuding and for several months I must hide from my neighbors.  The good people on our street have

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August 21, 2016

For fifty two days we’ve been held culinary hostage by the availability of zucchini from our nursery garden.  In the beginning it was tremendously exciting!  We conspired on all kinds of recipes featuring our wonderfully fresh and productive

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July 5, 2016

We hear the term ‘Globalism’ bandied about.  Some people blame ‘globalism’ for the loss of American manufacturing jobs (and I think they’re right!).  Others ascribe to ‘globalism’ tremendous savings for the American consumer through the availability of cheaper

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June 26, 2016

Jesse Storrs was the visionary who began our Lake County nursery industry in 1854, partnering a few years later with JJ Harrison to form the world-famous Storrs & Harrison Nursery.  His three sons went off to the Civil

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June 20, 2016

Summer Camp


Summer is the season of student-workers at Gilsons.  We’ve tried many different employment strategies over the years…1). ‘Keep the money in the family’ (that didn’t work because there wasn’t enough family or money,  2). local

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