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Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly not as poisonous as once feared

David Fiske, gardens curator of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is quoted in this story about poinsettias, mistletoe and holly.

Parents have long worried that three of the most popular plants decorating American homes during the Christmas season — mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias — are poisonous, and can even be deadly if ingested. Relax, just a little: New medical evidence suggests these fears are exaggerated.

Read the full story in the Boston Globe

'Snow Village' at Elm Bank a new holiday must-see

By Sue Scheible of the Patriot Ledger.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has a new holiday special through Dec. 14 at its annual Festival of Lights at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley.

The Snow Village is an elaborate and magical creation including trains, village scenes with moving children, skaters and other characters, Santa climbing a ladder, and Boston scenes including a model of Fenway Park.

This isn't just for kids -- groups of seniors have been coming to see it also on days when it normally would be closed. A group from Milton Elderly Housing is scheduled to visit next week.

(read the full article)

All America Selections Announces the First Vegetatively Propagated AAS Winners

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – November 12, 2014 – After more than eighty years of trialing only seed-propagated varieties, All-America Selections (AAS) began trialing vegetatively propagated varieties early this year. With the 2014 trial season now completed, AAS is pleased and honored to grant the AAS Winner status to two impatiens that performed exceptionally well in the AAS container trials for vegetatively propagated annuals.

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David Fiske's 2014 Trial Garden favorites featured in MNLA Newsletter

David Fiske, garden curator, presents to MNLA conference on Mass Hort's trial garden and tells us his favorite picks for 2014.  Read the article here.

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