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SL trip

Just returned last evening from our MG St Louis trip which included a stop a 
Cathys garden in Quincy.   What a treat to meet Cathy as well as take in her 
garden.   It was raining when we were there but that did not slow our group.   
A beautiful home, garden and setting and Cathy was a wonderful hostess.   She 
has it all with a small lake, woods, water gardens, lots of plantings and 
paths.   The city of Quincy is so lovely with many huge, well kept, old homes.
     The trip included 2 great garden centers, the MOBOT gardens, 2 other 
home gardens and a weekend in the company of gardeners.   The garden we toured 
just before dinner on Sat had   wine and cheese for the whole group (50).    
     We had a fully packed bus going home with plant purchases. The single 
biggest purchase was Callicarpa which was in Cathys garden as well as the other 
2 home gardens & MOBOT.   This is a plant we don't see often in our home 
nurseries but I do have it in my garden.   Those purple berries really grabbed our 
     The plant I found exciting in the 2 SL home gardens was Selaginella 
(Arborvitae Fern) however it is hardy to zone 6 only.   Another one was Asarum 
'Callaway', hardy to zone 5. Do any of you grow these.

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