Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Looks like a fallberry to me

Yesterday on a visit to Longwood I came across this extraordinary sight. Looked a bit like beautyberry but it's the wrong color. Could it be a holly? Actually, it's a very early-fruiting winterberry, according to Casey Sclar, the new executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, which is HQ'd in a Longwood house. (For 15 years, until this past June, Casey was Longwood's IPM guy.)

Looks like a fallberry to me

Yesterday on a visit to Longwood I came across this extraordinary sight.  Looked a bit like beautyberry but it's the wrong color. Could it be a holly?  Actually, it's a very early-fruiting winterberry, according to Casey Sclar, the new executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, which is HQ'd in a Longwood house. (For 15 years, until this past June, Casey was Longwood's IPM guy.)

He wasn't sure of the variety of this winterberry, which was one of several outside the APGA house, but said it has a Longwood plant tag on it dating to the 1950s.  Talk about early! They ought to call it  FALLberry.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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